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Correction: An original version of this article named Steve Doocy, not Peter. We apologize for the error.
Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff appeared to avoid directly answering a question from a Fox News correspondent on Friday regarding reports his company did business with a Hong Kong-based firm linked to the Communist government.
At an event outside of Suwanee, correspondent Peter Doocy said that Ossoff’s Republican opponent, Sen. David Perdue, was making an issue of the alleged ties on the campaign trail.
“Why is it that you waited until after the primary to reveal that your business did business with the company in Hong Kong that was linked to the Chinese government?” Doocy asked.
“This is utter nonsense,” Ossoff responded. “My company has produced multiple investigations of atrocities committed by ISIS or criminals. These investigations have been aired by dozens of television stations in dozens of countries all over the world.”
Ossoff went on to say that only one of the TV outlets was in Hong Kong.
“That is the entire substance of Senator Perdue’s campaign against me,” he told Doocy, going on to claim that the incumbent “ran factories” in China in conjunction with the ChiCom government and “outsourced jobs” to the Asian nation.
The Democrat went on to claim that Perdue bashes President Donald Trump in private and blames him for GOP losses, but “indulges the president’s fantasy that he actually won” Georgia this year.
Doocy interjected, saying that Ossoff’s financial disclosure report was amended after the primary before pressing him again on the alleged China connection.
But instead of answering directly, Ossoff accused Perdue of making “an issue” of the alleged tie because the Democratic candidate “made public” the list of TV stations that aired his company’s investigations.
Ossoff then circled back, repeating what appeared to be a well-rehearsed spiel regarding his company’s ISIS probes and those of other “war criminals.”
Doocy interjected again, noting that “the broader thing” regarding his question had to do with China’s attempts to infiltrate U.S. political circles using, among other methods, honeypot spies, as happened with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.).
Again, Ossoff deflected.
“Come on, man, you’re a serious reporter,” Ossoff responded. “Do you really believe that the TV channel in Hong Kong is airing an investigation that my company produced a company of ISIS war crimes in Iraq?”
“So the Chinese government does not try to influence young politicians in the United States?” Doocy asked in return.
“Look. Chinese intelligence operations in the United States are a great threat to our national security. And that’s why it’s so concerning that we have a senator like David Perdue,” the Democrat said before attacking Perdue’s ‘outsourcing’ of jobs to China again.
Earlier this week, Ossoff falsely accused Georgia GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler of “campaigning with a klansman.”
“FOX News walked up rolling live, and I appreciated the free air time!” Ossoff tweeted along with a clip of the impromptu interview before adding: “Also, Kelly Loeffler campaigned with a klansman.”
Loeffler is locked in a tight race with Democrat Raphael Warnock, who is black.
FOX News walked up rolling live, and I appreciated the free air time!
Also, Kelly Loeffler campaigned with a klansman. pic.twitter.com/ZlmO0xoFvr
— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) December 31, 2020
Ossoff assailed Loeffler regarding a controversial photo taken with a former member of the Ku Klux Klan after Doocy asked about scandals surrounding Warnock.
“Here’s the bottom line: Kelly Loeffler has been campaigning with a Klansman,” Ossoff responded. “Kelly Loeffler has been campaigning with a Klansman and so she is stooping to these vicious personal attacks to distract from the fact that she’s been campaigning with a former member of the Ku Klux Klan. I mean, we deserve better than that here in Georgia.”
Loeffler’s campaign has dismissed the allegation, noting that the incumbent senator had no idea who the man was posing with her at a campaign event last week.
“Kelly had no idea who that was, and if she had she would have kicked him out immediately because we condemn in the most vociferous terms everything that he stands for,” Loeffler’s campaign spokesman, Stephen Lawson, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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