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Rick Scott says Raphael Warnock is a ‘socialist or Marxist’

Senator continues to weigh in heavily on Georgia runoffs.

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, the Florida Republican helming the National Republican Senatorial Committee, continues to engage in the Senate runoff election in Georgia.

On the Monday afternoon edition of Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime,” Scott contended that one of the Democrats running in the January election was a “socialist or a Marxist.”

Scott told host Harris Faulkner that the Rev. Raphael Warnock was a “socialist or a Marxist, you can decide what you want.”

“He believes that government can run your life … he called law enforcement thugs,” Scott said. “He clearly is not where Georgians are.”

Warnock is challenging Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Though Republicans did not target the Atlanta minister ahead of the November election, the runoff has seen the GOP attack machine slam Warnock for what it calls his radical leanings and various personal dramas.

Scott’s own NRSC has launched a website slamming Radical Raphael, and the creative will feel familiar to those who have seen Republican messaging against so-called socialists in recent cycles.

“Radical Raphael Warnock was educated by Marxists, praised by socialists, and even welcomed Communist leader, Fidel Castro, to his church. He defended Jeremiah Wright’s “God Damn America” agenda, decried the right to life and the 2nd Amendment, and proudly touts his support of organizations that want to destroy the nuclear family and undermine our longstanding support of Israel,” claims the copy.

Indeed, the nationalization of the campaign seems to vex Warnock, who bristled at being lumped in with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on a weekend talk show, saying “this is a Georgia race and I am Georgia” and that “Schumer is not on the ballot.”

Scott, who repeatedly quotes Schumer saying “if we take Georgia, we can change the country,” relishes the involvement of Schumer and liberal firebrands such as U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has vowed to engage in the Peach State.

“I hope all these national politicians on the Democrats’ side don’t stop talking because you’re helping us in Georgia,” Scott said.

With control of the Senate hanging in the balance in Georgia’s two Senate races, politicians on all sides will continue to talk until the votes are counted the first week of January.

Expect President Donald Trump to weigh in for the Republican side, though it’s unclear as of yet how President-elect Joe Biden will engage for Democrats.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Brian Feldman

    November 16, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    Every time you cover Rick Scott it is only fair to say “Scott who was part of a scheme as Columbia/HCA that bilked Medicare and Medicaid out of billions of dollars” makes these accusations with these undisputed allegations against him”. How can you report on him leveling false charges without this reference to his own background? His corrupt behavior is much more recent than what he is citing against Warnock. Crony Capitalist Rick Scott….

  2. Amy Roberts

    November 16, 2020 at 2:36 pm

    Rick Scott will label and lie to enable more government corruption at the loss of most Americans, so of course he is supporting those that have already lined their pockets and are running secure their future profits.

  3. TED KRUZE

    November 16, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    And this f*****g jerk, Scott, is either a fire ant or a cockroach! (I’m leaning to cockroach … but scumbag carpetbagger works for me, too!)

  4. S B ANTHONY

    November 16, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Old Crazy Eyes is at it again, off the rails.
    He and Rubio are competing for that prime time slot
    on trump tv.

  5. Ocean Joe

    November 16, 2020 at 4:10 pm

    The Mask strikes again. First we sue Georgia for their water, then we flood them with hack politicians.

  6. Cipher This

    November 16, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    In the spirit of keeping it real, here is an interesting headline and lead that IS REAL:

    “Warnock’s Spiritual Mentor Called for the ‘Destruction of Everything White’
    Nov 14, 2020

    Raphael Warnock’s mentor argued white Christians are ‘satanic’
    Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock has praised his religious mentor, Dr. James Hal Cone, as a “poignant and powerful voice” of high “spiritual magnitude.”
    Cone, however, was a controversial theologian who argued that white Christians are “satanic” and advocated for the “destruction of everything white” in society.

    Warnock has described Cone, who served as his academic adviser at the Union Theological Seminary, as his “mentor.””
    __________________________________________________________________
    So, here are some extended germane quotes from Warnock’s mentor:

    “There will be no peace in America until white people begin to hate their whiteness, asking from the depths of their being: ‘How can we become black?'”

    “”The white God is an idol created by racists, and we blacks must perform the iconoclastic task of smashing false idols,” wrote Cone. “White religionists are not capable of perceiving the blackness of God, because their satanic whiteness is a denial of the very essence of divinity.””

    “With the assurance that God is on our side, we can begin to make ready for the inevitable—the decisive encounter between white and black existence. White appeals to ‘wait and talk it over’ are irrelevant when children are dying and men and women are being tortured,” he wrote. “We will not let whitey cool this one with his pious love ethic but will seek to enhance our hostility, bringing it to its full manifestation.”
    _______________________________________________
    So, yeah, THAT GUY (passed away in 2017) is Warnock’s “spirit guide”
    Now, just sayin’, if I lived in Georgia, and was white, black, Latin, or Asian, I’d NOT be favoring Warnock, because, well, yaknow; a nutbag, racist, black supremacist race-war advocate named Warnock isn’t exactly who I’d want to be seeing as a Senator in the austere Congress of the United States. Just keeping it real. Yaknow..??????

  7. Palmer Tom

    November 16, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    There’s no source cited, so this must be false. Ignore it.

  8. James Robert Miles

    November 16, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    Who cares what Scott says about ANYTHING. He continues to support his loser friend Trump which he is going to regret. Trump and Scott are both anti-American and anti-democratic fascists just like Hitler! I’d rather be a marxist/socialist than a fascist anytime!

  9. St. A. Pete

    November 17, 2020 at 7:35 am

    Which IS it, Rick??

  10. George Strauch

    November 17, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Anybody would be better than what we have now, be socialists, communists or Space aliens,the unfit like Ricky, Marco, and Ronnie or Donnie, the three stooges plus one.

  11. Sonja Fitch

    November 17, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Stfu NAZI Rick !

  12. John Miller

    November 17, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    HERE YOU HAVE A MAN WHO TOOK THE ADVANATAGE OF all AMERICAN AND STOLE HIMSELF RICH…FROM OUR GOVERNMENT..NOW HE HAS A VOICE TO STOLE MORE WHAT DO THAT SAY ABOUT HIM!! SLICK RICK!!!

  13. Harold Laurence

    November 21, 2020 at 7:15 pm

    Rick Scott is a moron far right fascist nutcase who’s going to lose his job in 2025.

  14. Joeyfleuth

    November 22, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Hey, Rick, you’re in Georgia, not South Florida. There aren’t too many Cubans in Georgia who will believe your lies about Democrats being socialist. You need to come up with a different lie in Georgia. Do try to keep up, dear.

  15. Martin

    November 23, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Scott is a great one to leade republicans a crook from the word go, it a millionare with 2 manisions on the ft mywrs beach and has lied to floridaians whwn he mess uo the unwmployment system in the state and jyat ran off to senate what a great pwrson to lead the trump republucans to say anything against the preacher who bleives anything he says I dont

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