How Radical Is Raphael Warnock? You Decide | Opinion

Senator Kelly Loeffler has asserted that Raphael Warnock is "the most radically liberal candidate we have seen in this country for Senate."

Is that just a political charge in a heated campaign, or is Warnock more radical than liberal?

Here is his record. You decide.

Betsy McCaughey of the New York Post wrote on December 8:

"At the [recent Senate run-off election] debate, Warnock didn't deny he wants to eliminate cash bail and empty the prisons. He promoted the false narrative that police disproportionately kill blacks more than whites suspected of the same crimes. When Loeffler warned that Warnock would raise Georgians' taxes to fund the Green New Deal and a government takeover of private health insurance, he didn't deny that either."

Also in that debate, Warnock refused to answer whether he'd support adding seats to the U.S. Supreme Court to undo President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's judicial achievements, saying, "I'm not really focused on it."

As McCaughey responded: "Huh? You'd have to be on Mars. Ducking the question clearly means he will. When Georgia's Senate race ended inconclusively on November 3, Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer gloated, 'First we take Georgia, then we change America.'"

Electing Warnock is a key step toward reaching Schumer's goal of totally changing America.

After all, this is the same person who, during a sermon he once gave, proclaimed that "nobody can serve God and the military."

Warnock's attitude toward those who protect us abroad is as negative as his view of the men and women who protect us at home. He has called police officers "gangster and thugs," and has proclaimed that the police pose a threat to our children.

Like so many on the Left—as I wrote in my latest book, Trump and the American Future—Warnock demonizes police and idolizes criminals. At the same time that he denigrates law enforcement, he wants to end cash bail to let people who are arrested and charged with crimes like theft, trespassing, vandalism, public drug use and public urination be immediately released back into the streets.

This is a threat to the public's health and safety, and a waste of police resources and effort. But it is also harmful to the health and safety of the very people Warnock claims to help. If you have an addiction that has led you to live a life of crime on the streets in order to fuel that addiction, the last place you need to be is back on the streets. If Warnock really wanted to help people who are battling addiction, mental illness and poverty, he would support maintaining cash bail so that these people could be more quickly integrated into special drug or mental illness courts.

Warnock would also help Schumer radically change laws protecting the unborn. In a tweet on December 8, Warnock wrote, "I am a pro-choice pastor." In fact, his radical abortion position goes far beyond simply being pro-choice. As The Atlantic wrote, Warnock "opposes all abortion restrictions." Think about what that means. It means on-demand abortion, regardless of the viability of the unborn child—and regardless of the term of the pregnancy. It means abortions up to the point of birth. Abortion has been a hotly debated topic in America for decades, but Warnock's no-restrictions approach is far more radical than the typical pro-choice position.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Raphael Warnock Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Beyond abortion, Warnock dabbles in explicit racism when he emphasizes the sins of "white America." And his philosophy is also partly Marxist when he emphasizes what he considers to be the inherent problems of a capitalist society. He embodies the radical Left's focus on race, sex and redistribution of wealth.

As he said during a sermon in June 2017, which was shared on social media this week: "This country is every bit as sexist as it is racist."

In the sermon, Warnock went on to say:

"We are in a special moment. We are in an evil moment. We are in a tragic moment, and I suggest to you that our politics is symptomatic of our sickness. ...We've got a lot of problems, but I would not be a prophet if I did not tell you that racism is America's pre-existing condition."

But Warnock doesn't save all his vitriol for white Americans. He has criticized black Americans who have dared to be successful. Warnock told NPR's Michel Martin in 2014 that the "black church" and many black Americans have "too often given in to the kind of narcissism and mindless consumeristic impulses of America without asking the hard questions about the distribution of wealth, about the broadening chasm between the haves and have-nots."

In other words, he seems to believe that many successful black Americans are, in reality, mindless and narcissistic. Instead of working hard to provide a good life for their families, they should be trying to topple the system that has helped them prosper, according to Warnock.

And finally, Warnock is unabashedly anti-American and anti-democracy. He has claimed that America's human rights record is worse than those of either China or Iran.

Keep in mind that at this precise moment, there are millions of racial and religious minorities locked in concentration camps in the Xinjiang area of China. They have been there for years, forced to create goods for China's government-owned companies, and made to take "re-education training" to utterly erase their cultural and religious beliefs. Iran's regime entirely outlaws freedom of expression, assembly or criticism of the government. It regularly uses lethal force to simply kill citizens who speak against the regime. Warnock apparently believes these countries are more civil than America.

Warnock also publicly praised the violent life and legacy of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in 2016—and called Israel an apartheid state from his pulpit in 2015.

No matter what the mainstream liberal media tries to tell Americans on behalf of the Warnock campaign and national Democrats, there is nothing moderate or typical about this particular candidate.

Warnock is, indeed, the most radical candidate for U.S. Senate we have ever seen. If he wins, there will be many more to come, and America will indeed be changed—into something much worse.

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The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.