After failing to win the majority of the vote in the primary, candidates Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp are headed for a Republican runoff in July that analysts say is “likely to be both an expensive and nasty campaign.”
So far, Kemp and Cagle have already been leading nasty, extremist and backwards campaigns.
“These people are killing our children, either with drugs or with guns or with deadly assaults,” Kemp said during a gubernatorial forum. “It’s time that we put a stop to that.”
In a campaign video, Kemp also says: “I got a big truck just in case I need to round up criminal illegals and take ’em home myself.”
Kemp also put out a tasteless pro-gun ad in which he threatens a minor with a gun in a room full of firearms. The ad, which glorifies gun violence, comes in the midst of a dire demand for gun control in America and in the wake of an epidemic of deadly mass shootings.
His response to the criticism? “I’m conservative, folks. Get over it!”
On all fronts, Cagle’s not any better. Cagle spouts Trumpian anti-immigration views: he pledges to protect Georgians from “criminal illegal aliens” — a belief about immigration that’s untrue and unfounded.
Cagle also flexed his backwards views on immigration in his first round of TV ads, claiming he “led one of the toughest crackdowns on illegal immigration” and “outlawed and defunded sanctuary cities.”
His dangerous, nationalist views don’t stop there.
Cagle is a “lifetime supporter” of the NRA — the extremist organization that continues to push “guns everywhere” policies that are killing Americans daily.
The NRA endorsed Cagle and said in a disrespectful, deluded and out-of-touch statement, “At a time when the five million members of the NRA are under attack like never before, Casey Cagle has very publicly chosen to stand with us.”
In fact, Cagle is so tight with the cronies at the NRA, he threatened to kill a tax break for Georgia’s largest employer, Delta Airlines, because the airline decided to sever ties with the NRA.
Both Cagle and Kemp are Trump-parroting extremists, touting not only bigoted views, but dangerous ideologies that directly threaten the lives and health of Georgians. Either one of these candidates would be disastrous for Georgia.