Jon Ossoff’s trouble with the truth is again catching up to him in the days leading up to Tuesday’s runoff election.
In Ossoff’s failed 2017 congressional bid, he earned a “Pinocchio” from the left-leaning Washington Post for misleading Georgians about his time working for Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04), including the serious issue of Ossoff’s security clearance situation.
This type of deception is apparently a pattern of Ossoff’s brand of politicking. Just this week alone, he has been publicly fact checked twice regarding false statements about his opponent’s, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), actions on COVID-19 relief.
Now, even CNN has felt the need to call out an Ossoff lie, highlighting just how bad the situation is for the Democratic Senate candidate.
CNN’s fact check, which was published Thursday afternoon, comes after an Ossoff interview with Fox News while on the campaign trail this week. This time, his misinformation targeted U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA).
“[H]ere’s the bottom line, Kelly Loeffler has been campaigning with a klansman,” Ossoff claimed Wednesday on-air. “Kelly Loeffler has been campaigning with a klansman,” he repeated, “and so she is stooping to these vicious personal attacks to distract from the fact that she’s been campaigning with a former member of the Ku Klux Klan.”
Doubling down on this assertion, Ossoff tweeted the video of this segment, writing that “Kelly Loeffler campaigned with a klansman.”
CNN was very direct in correcting the record in its article: “Facts First: This is false. A former member of the KKK took a photo with Loeffler while she was campaigning earlier this month. Loeffler’s campaign said the senator did not know who the man was and would have removed him from the event had she known. This is not, at all, the same as ‘campaigning with a klansman,’ as Ossoff claimed. Politicians often take pictures with people they don’t know.”
Loeffler’s campaign condemned the individual in question, CNN added. The campaign told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time of the incident, “Kelly had no idea who that was, and if she had she would have kicked him out [of the campaign event] immediately because we condemn in the most vociferous terms everything that he stands for.”
CNN also noted that it reported at the time there was “no evidence she recognized [the individual] or sought his support.” Loeffler’s campaign reportedly told the Huffington Post that the senator “denounces all forms of hate.”
Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com