Georgia Democrat Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock preached in a 2011 sermon, “America, nobody can serve God and the military.” The state’s military veterans have united against his view to declare Warnock unfit to serve in the US Senate.
In a video with Turning Point Action, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Darryl Wilson, Army Sgt. Meg Peters, Marine Corps Maj. Jeff McDonald and Army Capt. John Sours argued Warnock’s comments were degrading to those who have served in the armed forces. Wilson called Warnock’s comments “an insult to all of us who’ve worn the uniform.”
McDonald added, “I served God and I served in the military,” noting 14 years of service in the US Marine Corps. All four veterans noted Warnock’s view disqualified him from public service in government.
In contrast, Rev. Warnock’s GOP opponent Kelly Loeffler notes on her website: “As the daughter and granddaughter of veterans, Kelly Loeffler knows that freedom isn’t free and those who answered the call of duty must be honored not just with words – but by our actions. On the Veterans Affairs Committee, Kelly is working to ensure that our veterans receive the resources and care they deserve. From high-quality healthcare to job training and placement, we must fully support America’s true heroes.”
Senator Loeffler has also stated, “America owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who have served in our armed forces. Our veterans selflessly risked their lives in defense of our freedoms and way of life, and it is our duty to ensure our heroes have the tools to transition back to civilian life, receive the benefits they rightfully earned, and have easy access to quality care.”
Senator Loeffler demanded Rev. Warnock apologize for saying “you can’t serve God and the military.” She addressed him directly in a tweet, stating, “This is despicable, disgusting, and wrong. You owe our active military & veterans—who sacrifice so much for our country—an immediate apology.”
Rev. Warnock’s campaign team downplayed the demand, claiming the message emphasized serving God over money. While true, the response ignored the military claim and never apologized for the statement.
In contrast, Senator Loeffler has boldly backed President Trump’s defense bill and stands firmly in support of the US armed forces. She recently tweeted the view, “A strong America requires a strong military,” providing a link to a detailed statement supported by both Senator Loeffler and fellow Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue.
Their statement prominently highlights a strong military, declaring, “We are committed to ensuring our women and men in uniform always have the resources they need to maintain our military advantage so that we can continue to stand up to China and combat growing global threats.”
Senator Loeffler will face Rev. Raphael Warnock in Georgia’s special runoff election January 5. In addition, GOP Senator David Perdue faces Democrat Jon Ossoff.
The special runoff election stands as pivotal for both parties in the fight for control of the Senate. Republicans currently hold a 50-48 advantage.
If Democrats win both Georgia seats, the Senate would end in a 50-50 tie, with Vice President serving as the tiebreaker. With both Warnock and Ossoff in the Senate, Kamala Harris could stand as the key decision maker in US legislation, reigning with the most radical record in the US Senate.