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Georgia Democrats falsely claim Senator Perdue flashed ‘white power sign,’ smear two teenagers

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The memo:

  • The Twitter account Blue Georgia has falsely accused Senator David Perdue of 'giving the white power sign.'
  • This comes after CNN called out Jon Ossoff for a similar lie about Senator Kelly Loeffler this past week.

Georgia Democrats, perhaps following the example of Senate candidate Jon Ossoff, have again falsely accused one of the Peach State’s Republican senators of supporting white supremacy.

Ossoff earlier this week was chastised by CNN for wrongly claiming that U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) “has been campaigning with a klansman.”

“This is false,” CNN summarized, later adding that Ossoff’s claim was “not, at all” what occurred.

On Friday, the Democratic Twitter account “Blue Georgia,” which supports the respective campaigns of Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, got in on the action.

The account tweeted a picture of U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and two teenagers in front of a Team Trump bus. In the image, the trio are each holding three fingers up on one hand.

“David Perdue giving the white power sign at his rally,” the tweet asserted.

Unfortunately, what should be obvious misinformation has been amplified in the echo chamber that is Twitter. As of Saturday at 7:00 p.m. EST, the tweet had been shared over 3,000 times and liked over 2,200 times.

One immediate red flag with the picture: Perdue has been quarantining since Thursday morning and thus had not been a rally the day of the viral tweet.

Georgia Memo searched for past rallies at which the photo may have been taken and discovered it was originally posted on Facebook by Jasper Preston on October 15.

Preston, who is African American and works with the Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness, obviously did not think the hand gestures were racist.

In fact, Preston’s post explains why Perdue and the teenagers were holding three fingers up: the two young men were volunteering in support of Trump Victory and had just completed 3,000 doors knocked on the campaign trail.

Preston’s post makes it perfectly clear that Perdue was simply thanking two hard-working young volunteers and recognizing their achievement.

Blue Georgia’s tweet is a gaslighting attempt of the worst kind, and Twitter — if the company had any interest in holding Democrats and Republicans to the same rules — would treat the post accordingly.

In a separate Facebook post on Saturday night, Preston blasted the people behind the attempted “smear.”

“Jon Ossoff and his allies are so desperate to hurt Senator Perdue that they’re trying to smear the reputations of innocent teenagers,” Preston wrote.

“I took this picture. I’m African-American,” he continued. “The boys in the picture are Native American. They are celebrating reaching 3,000 voter contacts – nothing about white supremacy! It’s sad the left is perfectly willing to try to ruin the lives of young conservatives in order to advance their agenda.”

Sean Ross is the editor-in-chief of The Georgia Memo and Yellowhammer News. You can reach him via email at Sean@GeorgiaMemo.com