(CNN)Georgia Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler was apparently on one other planet or one thing throughout the 2016 presidential race.
Requested Wednesday about her earlier assertion that there was nothing — not. one. factor — on which she and President Donald Trump disagreed, Loeffler reiterated that fact. Pressed by reporters on whether or not her unanimous help for Trump included sexist and misogynistic feedback he made about ladies that had been caught on an “Access Hollywood” tape and launched simply earlier than the 2016 election, Loeffler stated this: “Look, what I agree with is the method President Trump has taken since day one to place America First.”
Which, er, OK? However, it bought worse. Here is what got here subsequent between a reporter and Loeffler:
Reporter: “And you are still not disagreeing with that specific factor that President Trump stated, you are still not disagreeing with that?”
Loeffler: “Sorry, what are you referring to?”
Reporter: You are still not disagreeing with President Trump’s statements about personally sexually assaulting ladies.”
Loeffler: “I am not acquainted with that.”
At which level, CNN’s Manu Raju interjects to notice that the opposite reporter is “referring to the Entry Hollywood tape.” To which Loeffler responds:
“Yeah no. This President is preventing for America. That is what I am preventing for to ensure that each American has their probability to dwell the American dream and in opposition to the socialist insurance policies that Joe Biden is espousing on daily basis.”
It is onerous to even price this set of solutions from Loeffler on the ridiculous scale. We’d have to create a complete new scale. As a result of, whereas she was not but within the Senate in 2016 — she was appointed by the governor to the seat of former Sen. Johnny Isakson in early 2020 — she was, in reality, alive over the past presidential marketing campaign.
And anybody — and I imply anybody — dwelling in America at the moment would have been conscious of Trump’s feedback to Billy Bush, as captured on the “Entry Hollywood” tape. It created a large furor within the ultimate days of the race as quite a lot of Republican leaders referred to as for Trump to depart the competition or distanced themselves from him totally. Trump dismissed the episode as “locker room talk.”
It’s fully and completely not possible that Loeffler was a) unaware of the story when it occurred and b) had not heard of it within the intervening 4 years. Actually inconceivable.
So what’s she as much as? The reply, as nearly all the time, is politics.
As a result of Isakson left earlier than his time period led to 2022, Loeffler’s appointment solely holds by way of the November election. On November 3, there will likely be an all-party major. If no candidate will get 50% of the vote, which could be very, very seemingly, the highest two vote-getters — no matter celebration — advance to a January runoff.
Polling means that the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the popular nominee of nationwide Democrats, is nearly assured of a spot in that runoff. Loeffler is battling Rep. Doug Collins (R) for the opposite spot. (Collins was Trump’s alternative for the appointment.)
And Loeffler has made the calculation that the way in which she beats out Collins is to be extra Trumpian than Trump. She had an ideal 100% pro-Trump voting rating this yr, according to calculations made by 538. She has embraced Marjorie Taylor Greene, the seemingly congresswoman from the state’s 14th district, who has made a reputation for herself nationally by embracing the QAnon motion and making quite a lot of xenophobic and Islamophobic feedback.
This newest gambit — that she is unfamiliar with Trump’s vulgar feedback about ladies — is just consistent with Loeffler’s technique to make sure that Collins cannot be extra pro-Trump than she is.
And it would work! However that does not make it proper.