Working Families Party, a third party that supports defunding the police and has received funding from leftist billionaire George Soros, is campaigning for Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock in a Georgia run-off race in December that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) November 10, 2020
Warnock is running against incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), alongside another Georgia Senate run-off race between Jon Ossoff and incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).
Republicans have 50 seats in the Senate, and if Democrats win the two Georgia run-off races, they will tie Republicans for control of the U.S. Senate, with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) casting the deciding vote should she become vice president.
Democrats hope to gain control of the upper chamber in addition to the House to push through major reforms in a prospective Biden administration. A Republican-controlled Senate would provide a backstop against that.
While Warnock’s campaign claims that he does not want to defund the police, Working Families Party has been clear about its aims.
As recently as September 23, it tweeted: “End white supremacy. Transform this country. Defund the police. Defeat those who stand in the way of a world in which
— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) September 23, 2020
The month before, it tweeted that “the only way to stop police violence is to defund the police and instead create, uplift and fund the community services that keep Black people safe, healthy and free.”
There is no justice for Jacob Blake, Trayford Pellerin, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, or any other Black victim of police violence. They are victims of a brutal, racist system that cannot be salvaged or reformed. 1/
— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) August 24, 2020
After a New York Police union endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time ever, Working Families Party tweeted: “Defund, and we can’t stress this enough.”
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— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) August 15, 2020
“Defund the police,” it tweeted on May 31.
Defund the police.
— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) May 31, 2020
The party received $1 million from Soros-funded Democracy PAC this year, according to Politico, and has a charter that calls for shifting “resources away from policing, jails and detention centers, endless wars and agencies that separate families.”
It adds: “Shift resources into schools, housing, healthcare and jobs, to enable all people – especially Black and brown people, immigrants, and Indigenous people – to thrive.”
The charter is signed by all four members of the so-called “Squad” — House Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).
The group has also called for defunding the Department of Homeland Security, and for protecting Planned Parenthood.
Working Families Party plans to organize text banking for Warnock every Tuesday until the run-off election date on January 5.
Author: Kristina Wong