MARIETTA, GA -- President Donald Trump weighed in with a tweet Monday about the 6th District Congressional race in Georgia, accusing one of the candidates of wanting to protect criminals and allow illegal immigration.
On Tuesday, voters will head to the polls in the special election for the open seat vacated by Tom Price, now President Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services.
The president wrote a very specific tweet about what he called the “super liberal Democrat” running in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District.
We visited Jon Ossoff’s headquarters for some answers. Ossoff is the Democrat leading the polls and raising the most money in the race.
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Trump's tweet says The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressioal (sic) race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!
The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressioal race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2017
We raised the question with Ossoff, who responded: "We probably need to spend a little bit less time and a little bit less money incarcerating those who commit minor drug offenses. And significantly more attention paid to high-level organized crime."
The president’s tweet said Ossoff wants to “protect criminals.” That’s not the same as sentencing reform.
The president also tweeted that Ossoff wants to "allow illegal immigration." Ossoff responded: "I support comprehensive immigration reform that secures the border and provides a path to legal status in an orderly way for non-felons who are here without proper documentation."
Many Republicans oppose the path to legal status Ossoff espouses. Yet that's considerably different from Trump's charge that Ossoff wants to "allow illegal immigration.”
Trump’s tweet also says Ossoff wants to “raise taxes.”
"I want to cut wasteful spending," Ossoff told us. "And I want tax reform that aggressively simplifies the tax code." That's a far cry from ‘he wants to “raise taxes.’” Ossoff is supported by liberals who want to raise taxes on the rich. We found no evidence that Ossoff espouses that.
Our analysis is that Trump’s accusations about Jon Ossoff aren’t verified by the facts. We asked the White House and the Georgia Republican Party to provide data to back up Trump’s allegations. None was provided as of Monday evening.