Reporters are Getting Tired of Fact Checking David Perdue

October 6, 2020

ATLANTA — In a desperate attempt to save his flailing campaign, Senator David Perdue has resorted to spouting lies about both his Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, and Perdue’s own record on critical issues facing hard-working Georgians. Ahead of a tightening race where Senator Perdue’s dim reelection bid “teeter[s] on a knife’s edge,” Perdue’s hopeless campaign is relying on “outrageously false accusations,” because after six years in Washington, he can’t defend his toxic record of selling out Georgians.

Here’s a rundown of just some of the lies Senator Perdue and his allies have been caught telling in this race:

Perdue lied about supporting protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

  • A PolitiFact fact check ruled Senator Perdue’s deceptive ads and his claims to support protecting people with pre-existing conditions as “False.” Perdue has made several attempts to “obscure [his] position on pre-existing conditions” and run away from his disastrous record, yet just days ago, Senator David Perdue voted to allow the Trump administration to continue backing the GOP lawsuit to eliminate the Affordable Care Act and against protecting 1.8 million Georgians with pre-existing conditions, giving the Trump administration a green light to push for a court decision that strips away Americans’ needed health care coverage. 

Perdue lied about his opponent, Jon Ossoff, falsely claiming he was endorsed by the Communist Party.  

  • The Washington Post Fact Checker called out this claim as “outrageously false” and said Senator Perdue “should be ashamed of himself” and “should apologize.” The Washington Post gave Perdue four pinocchios on this false claim, noting this lie Perdue is claiming both in his ads and on the campaign trail is such an outrageous falsehood it’s “almost worthy of parody.” 

Perdue lied about his opponent, Jon Ossoff, falsely claiming he supports defunding the police and closing military bases. 

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said, “That ad falsely claimed he would ‘defund the police, confiscate your guns, close military bases.’” In 2017, the military base closure claim was even further debunked as 11 Alive rated the claim that Ossoff would put 26,000 military jobs at risk as “false.” 

Perdue’s allies lie and say Jon Ossoff has connections to terrorism. 

Perdue lied about enlarging the nose of his opponent, Jon Ossoff, evoking an age-old anti-Semitic trope.

“Senator Perdue has resorted to telling lies and making up stories because his record on key issues is not just unpopular, it’s harmful to Georgians with pre-existing conditions and the Georgia families who are still suffering from the economic and health impacts of this pandemic,” said Braxton Brewington, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia. “How desperate must Senator Perdue be to lie to Georgia families?”


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