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By KRISTINA WONG - Working Families Party, a third party that supports defunding the police and has received funding from leftist billionaire George Soros, is campaigning for Democrat Senate candidate Raphael Warnock in a Georgia run-off race in December that could determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
Republicans have 50 seats in the Senate, and if Democrats win the two Georgia run-off races, they will tie Republicans for control of the U.S. Senate, with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) casting the deciding vote should she become vice president.
Democrats hope to gain control of the upper chamber in addition to the House to push through major reforms in a prospective Biden administration. A Republican-controlled Senate would provide a backstop against that.
While Warnock’s campaign claims that he does not want to defund the police, Working Families Party has been clear about its aims.
As recently as September 23, it tweeted: “End white supremacy. Transform this country. Defund the police. Defeat those who stand in the way of a world in which
There is no justice for Jacob Blake, Trayford Pellerin, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, or any other Black victim of police violence. They are victims of a brutal, racist system that cannot be salvaged or reformed. 1/— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) August 24, 2020
Defund, and we can't stress this enough, this https://t.co/QzqZE0w2rZ— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) August 15, 2020
Defund the police.— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) May 31, 2020
It adds: “Shift resources into schools, housing, healthcare and jobs, to enable all people – especially Black and brown people, immigrants, and Indigenous people – to thrive.”
The charter is signed by all four members of the so-called “Squad” — House Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).
The group has also called for defunding the Department of Homeland Security, and for protecting Planned Parenthood.
Working Families Party plans to organize text banking for Warnock every Tuesday until the run-off election date on January 5.