ATLANTA — Today, Donald Trump, Jr. is swooping into Georgia in a last-ditch attempt to help revive Senator David Perdue’s flailing campaign, only days after Perdue joined President Trump and Ivanka Trump at other events in the Peach State. Exactly a week ago, Trump’s intended rescue of Perdue’s dim reelection bid backfired after Perdue derisively mispronounced Senator Kamala Harris’ name in an attempt to echo Trump’s divisive rhetoric to score political cheers.
Trump, Jr. is not the only Washington Republican going all in to try and keep Perdue’s campaign afloat–– Mitch McConnell’s super PAC has showered Georgia in cash from big-money donors for the so-called “original outsider” (and actual “establishment player”) and, according to the Daily Beast, one in every five dollars spent to date by McConnell’s super PAC nationwide has gone to ads attacking Jon Ossoff.
A recent New York Times/Siena College poll showed that “David Perdue’s lead has evaporated” against Democrat Jon Ossoff and that his favorability ratings have “declined significantly” – eight percentage points since last month as election handicappers rate the race a toss-up.
Perdue has doubled down on his allegiance to President Trump and his failed, reckless policies, going so far as claiming that Trump “has not gotten enough credit for his actions to stem the pandemic” and saying he “of course” supports the GOP lawsuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act by airing misleading ads that have been fact-checked as false claiming to support protecting people with pre-existing conditions.
“Senator Perdue and the Trump administration have failed Georgians and showed complete incompetence in their handling of this virus and effort to strip away health care protection for families with pre-existing conditions,” said Braxton Brewington, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “Millions of Georgians are lining up at the polls right now to vote Senator Perdue out of office, and neither President Trump nor his family will be enough to bail Perdue out of this losing reelection bid.”