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Ossoff Launches Second TV Ad, Exposing Sen. Perdue’s Constant Misinformation and Denialism on COVID-19

For months, Perdue has echoed Trump’s lies on the coronavirus and downplayed the threat

In February, Perdue said the economic impact would be “little” — millions of Georgian have lost their jobs

In March, Perdue said “the risk of this virus in the United States right now still remains low” — nearly 150,000 Americans are now dead

At the same time, Perdue bought stock in manufacturers of medical PPE and vaccines and traded stocks at three times his normal volume

Atlanta, Ga. — Today, investigative journalist, media executive, and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Jon Ossoff launched his second television ad of the General Election, titled “Echo.”

The spot highlights how his opponent, Senator David Perdue (R-Ga.), has mindlessly parroted President Trump’s false and dangerous misinformation about the pandemic.

Throughout the pandemic, Perdue has repeated Trump’s words virtually verbatim, consistently contradicting public health expertise and justifying the federal government’s weak, slow, and incompetent response to the worst public health crisis in a century.

Perdue insisted the risk of the virus was “low” and the economic impact would be “little.” Nearly 150,000 Americans are now dead and millions of Georgians have filed jobless claims.

Click here to watch “Echo.
 


While Perdue was echoing Trump in downplaying the crisis, in private he was aggressively trading stocks. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation found Perdue tripled his stock trading in the early months of the pandemic.

As the pandemic and ensuing economic crisis bore down on Georgia, Perdue was buying medical stocks and dumping casino shares while echoing Trump’s lies that the virus posed little risk to his constituents’ health or finances. 

A transcript of the ad is below:

[Ossoff]: “I’m Jon Ossoff, and I approve this message.”

[Trump audio]: “In terms of cases, it’s very, very few”

[Perdue audio]: “Very, very few people have been exposed to it.”

[Trump audio]: “The risk to the American people remains very low.”

[Perdue audio]: “The risk of this virus still remains low.”

[Trump audio]: “We’ve had flus before.”

[Perdue audio]: “We’ve had ordinary flu seasons with more deaths.”

[Trump audio]: “Those numbers are nowhere near what was projected.”

[Perdue audio]: “The numbers projected were supposed to be much worse”

[Trump audio]: “It’s going very well.”

[Perdue audio]: “It’s going very well.”

[Narrator]: “David Perdue ignored the medical experts, downplayed the crisis, and left us unprepared.”

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