Donald Trump seems to think the GOP won last night’s special election in Georgia’s Sixth District and was happy to take credit for it. But the real story was Democrat rising star Jon Ossoff’s message to Trump, carrying precincts that were solidly red in November, districts the man he is trying to replace, Tom Price used to regularly win by double digits.
And Ossoff put that message into words last night:
“There is no doubt that this is already a victory for the ages. That no matter what the outcome is tonight — whether we take it all or whether we fight on — we have survived the odds. We have shattered expectations. We are changing the world. And your voices are going to ring out across this state and across this country.”
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“We will be ready to fight on and win in June if it is necessary and there is no amount of dark money, super PAC negative advertising that can overcome real grassroots energy like this. So bring it on. because we are courageous. We are humble. And we know how to fight.
“This is not a story about me. This is a story about this community at this moment in history. This is a story about women in this community. Those strong and determined women who have picked us all up, who are carrying us forward, who are going to carry us to victory tonight or in June.
“So for all of you who have been pounding the pavement, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and there are thousands of you and there will be thousands more. Thank you. This is the most inspiring team I’ve ever had the honor of being a part of…
“Let’s show what people power is all about. Let’s show what it means when we say that we have more in common than we have apart. That we reject fear and scapegoating and division. That we chose to love one another and to make things happen and to win. Thank you so much, everybody.”
Jon Ossoff said, “We have shattered expectations.” And he did that. He came out of nowhere to tear away solidly red precincts from the Republican Party.
He said, “We are changing the world,” and he is doing that too, offering a counterpoise to Trump’s message of fear and division. Of people power against dark money.
He told his supporters the simple truth: “And your voices are going to ring out across this state and across this country.”
And he had a message for Donald Trump and Republicans too: “Bring it on.”