Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock’s campaign ran a 30-second ad that falsely claimed his opponent, Republican candidate Kelly Loeffler, of ‘campaigning with’ a white supremacist.
Loeffler took photos with many individuals on a campaign stop to Dawsonville, Georgia on December 11th — which included a Chester Doles, who’s background has deep ties to white supremacy. Loeffler was not campaigning with Doles — and there is no evidence that she had any idea who he was.
Warnock’s ad stated the following:
“I’m Raphael Warnock, and I approve this message. Kelly Loeffler’s running a false campaign focused on dividing Georgians. So maybe it shouldn’t surprise us that last week she was caught campaigning with this man, a longtime white supremacist who spent decades in the Ku Klux Klan and the neo-Nazi National Alliance. Loeffler claims she had no idea who he was. But Kelly Loeffler gave the same excuse three months ago when she was also campaigning with him. Kelly’s for Kelly. She’s not for us.”
Where Doles’ ties to the Klu Klux Klan and neo-Nazi Alliance were accurate, the photo they used from December 11th does not prove she was “campaigning with him.”
Many are wondering why Doles would even pose with Kelly Loeffler — especially as it would only hurt her campaign to do so. Some conspiracy theories have been rolling around that Doles took the photo with Loeffler intentionally hurt her campaign, even though she likely had no idea who he was — which leads to one question: If that were to be the case, who would put him up to do it?