A congressional candidate in Georgia is targeting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders all but literally.
A campaign video from Republican Harrison Floyd shows images of the progressive darlings, then a clip of himself firing a rifle in a combat setting, while he says in a voiceover: “I’ll fight socialists in Congress the same way I fought terrorists in the desert.”
“I’m running for Congress because my family and I didn’t fight for our freedoms to allow our country to fall to socialism,” Floyd, a Marine veteran, says at the start of the vid.
Carolyn Bourdeaux, a Democratic candidate for Georgia’s seventh congressional district, decried the video.
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“Violence has absolutely no place in our public discourse & I denounce this abhorrent video in the strongest possible terms,” . “This message doesn’t represent GA values & for Harrison Floyd to enter this race by inciting violence is wrong.”
Floyd is one of several Republican candidates in the race who have made Ocasio-Cortez’s high-profile progressive proposals a center of their campaigns, . Incumbent Rep. Rob Woodall is retiring.
Floyd’s video came in a heated political season that has seen death threats to politicians including Ocasio-Cortez’s ally Rep. Ilhan Omar.