It appears the Republican primary in the Georgia gubernatorial race has candidates looking to out-Trump President Trump.
The five GOP candidates are ramping up their campaigns in the final days leading up to the May 22 vote, and the high stakes have apparently inspired high antics as they ditch any pretense of politcial correctness.
Charlie Hurt, political columnist for The Washington Times, suggested that the Georgia candidates may be a sign of what’s to come in politics.
“As shocked and horrified as they are about Donald Trump and his ascendancy, what if he is not the storm itself, but the warning of a storm?” he told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Wednesday.
“There remains a lot of anger out in the country about Washington and how professional politicians do their business around here. There’s a lot of anger and politically speaking even more conservative than what Donald Trump is,” the Fox News contributor continued.
After viewing entertaining video ads from the candidates, Hurt speculated that they were “probably a pretty good glimpse of what we will probably be seeing a lot of over the next four years and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these guys wins.”
MacCallum spoke with Hurt and Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov about their reactions to campaign video ads by the candidates, former state Sen. Hunter Hill, businessman Clay Tippins, current Republican secretary of state Brian Kemp and frontrunner Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.
State senator and a former Georgia co-chair for the Trump campaign, Michael Williams, who is also running, has been getting plenty of attention for his ad featuring his “deportation bus” tour through the state’s sanctuary cities in a focus on illegal immigration.
“If you’re as tired as I am of politicians who do nothing but talk, and you want to see this bus filled with illegals, vote Michael Williams on May 22,” he said in the ad which he told MacCallum was pulled by YouTube because it was deemed “hate speech.”
He explained that the video was back up after YouTube “caved” to pressure by supporters who demanded it be reinstated.
MacCallum thought that the candidates’ video ads “make Donald Trump look kind of genteel.”
“Maybe this is good for the president,” she suggested to Hurt who admitted sarcastically, “the nuance and subtlety is what I like the most about all of those ads.”
“And that guy Williams, I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t win just on the fact that YouTube decided to pull his campaign ad on hate speech,” Hurt quipped.
He also noted that the current political climate has come out of eight years of political correctness under former President Obama and is more populist than strictly a conservative change, adding that the Founding Fathers would probably be okay with it.
“But I don’t think the Founders, for example would be terribly upset by all of this. They never intended to have a professional political class,” Hurt said. “They wanted people who had other jobs and owned chainsaws and shotguns and trucks and did other things and came to Washington, brought their common sense to Washington, fixed things, ran the government, and then went home.”
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