There’s a Senate candidate who was arrested for interfering with a child abuse investigation and who was accused of running over his ex-wife’s foot. Individually either of these accusations would be enough to kill a campaign. Together they should at least merit some media interest. And a decade ago, they might have.
But we’re in 2020. And journalism is deader than Warnock’s sense of chivalry. That means the media has one goal. Or rather two. To help the Democrats win two Senate seats in Georgia. And so that time Warnock was accusing of running over his ex-wife’s foot became one of those things that it’s best not to talk about.
U.S. Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock’s wife told a police officer in March that her husband is “a great actor” and “phenomenal at putting on a really good show,” after Warnock denied her allegations that he deliberately ran over her foot…
In the footage, a police officer can be seen pulling up to Warnock’s house in Atlanta. Warnock tells the officer his wife called the police on him, alleging that he had run over her foot.
“Did you run over her foot?” the officer asks.
“I don’t think so,” Warnock says. “I do not think so.”
“He’s like, ‘Ouleye, close the door. I’m leaving,’” his wife tells the officer while crying. “And I was like, ‘just hear me out. If your mom died, and I had the kids. Wouldn’t you want me to let them go with you to the funeral? And he just starts backing the car up. He wasn’t going fast, I’m not bleeding. But I just can’t believe he’d run me over.”
Asked whether she thought it was intentional, she says, “Obviously. I was standing here. The door was open and I’m leaning into the car. How can you drive the car when I’m leaning into it?”
“This man’s running for United States Senate, and all he cares about right now is his reputation,” she tells the officer. “I’ve been very quiet about the way that he is for the sake of my kids and his reputation.”
She adds: “I’ve tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time, and today he crossed the line. So that is what is going on here. And he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show.”
Not that great of an actor. But he’s got a very favorable audience.
Warnock has praised the Nation of Islam and Jeremiah Wright. He’s been involved in legal incidents that ought to have precluded him from running for dogcatcher. But he’s got the media applauding him every step of the way while covering up for him.