Democrats will now control the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the White House, after both Democratic candidates beat out their Republican counterparts in the Georgia Senate runoff on Tuesday. Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated sitting Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and Jon Ossoff narrowly edged out incumbent Republican Sen. David Perdue. Ossoff’s win makes him the youngest sitting United States Senator. Democrats and Republicans now have a 50-50 standing in the Senate. However, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will hold the “tie-breaking vote” once she is sworn in, giving Democrats a razor-thin majority.
The Left rejoices in the candidates’ wins and argues that Trump is to blame for Republicans’ losses. One article from The New York Times stated that “this era has been marked by open expressions of racial bigotry, a rising number of hate crimes against racial and religious minorities, and a refusal by the president to clearly denounce hate groups.” Another argued that it is a “vivid illustration of the perils of embracing Mr. Trump.” Former first lady Michelle Obama praised both winners, saying they will “help give control of Congress back to the only party that’s shown that it can put our democracy above its own short-term political fortunes.” “White supremacists will not steal our joy. Yesterday we made history when we elected our first Black and Jewish U.S. Senators from Georgia. Let there be no doubt: Black voters and organizers did that,” read a tweet from the official Black Lives Matter Twitter page.
“Rev. Warnock, by being consistent through the years, even as he’s running for elected office, about his stance for reproductive freedom, (is) really creating an opportunity to shift the public narrative. Religious people can be pro-choice.”Reverend Cari Jackson, Director of Spiritual Care and Activism at the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
The Right views both candidates as radical progressives and is saddened by the losses. Warnock, who calls himself a “pro-choice pastor,” has received much criticism from the Right regarding his stance on abortion, as well criticism due to allegations of abuse from his ex-wife and allegations of abuse and neglect at a church camp which he oversaw. National Review‘s Ryan Mills noted that both men pose a threat to gun rights: “Congress will be increasingly hostile to gun rights. Ossoff supports banning the sale of semi-automatic rifles, and believes anyone who wants to purchase ‘high-powered weapons derived from modern military technology should be required to demonstrate high qualification and specific needs.’ Warnock has been critical of gun rights in sermons.” The threat to the Hyde Amendment – a piece of legislation that prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions – has also been a concern of those on the Right. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) stated, “There is no such thing as a pro-choice pastor.”
“Looking forward to the evangelicals who voted for Warnock and Biden expressing shock and dismay when radical abortion legislation is passed and their middle school daughter is forced to share a locker room with boys.”Allie Beth Stuckey, Political Commentator and “Relatable” Podcast Host