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ICYMI TN-SEN THIS WEEK: THE CAMPAIGN FOR AN OPEN SEAT GETS WILD

ICYMI TN-SEN THIS WEEK: THE CAMPAIGN FOR AN OPEN SEAT GETS WILD

For Immediate Release: July 10, 2020

NASHVILLE – With early voting for the August primary set to begin in just a week, the contrast in the race for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat continues to offer contrasts between an Iraq war combat veteran stepping forward to serve in a crisis, and an expensive white hot race to the bottom primary that now has the likely Republican nominee offering to put Trump’s face on Mount Rushmore to get elected

UNMASKING A WILLINGNESS TO SAY ANYTHING

In his Tennessee Lookout column this week, Bruce Barry unraveled Hagerty’s descent into Trump world. Unlike Republicans running for re-election to the Senate, Hagerty has kept Trump as a fixture in his television ads. Hagerty had a banner week defending his golden ticket in elevating Trump to Mount Rushmore, attacking an unfavorable decision from the conservative-leaning Supreme Court, and joining Marsha Blackburn to applaud a speech described as a “new version of American Carnage.” 

UNMASKING HAGERTY’S DISDAIN FOR MASKS

Bill Hagerty, Tennessee’s voice at the national recovery decision table at the White House COVID Task Force, talks a lot about restarting the economy and does a whole lot of that talking without a mask. Goldman Sachs this week announced that if everyone wore a mask future shutdowns could be prevented, saving the U.S. economy from a 5% GDP hit. This comes as Tulsa health officials are pinning a surge in new cases to Trump’s rally there two weeks ago — if Bill really cared about the economy or protecting the most vulnerable among us he’d do what’s right for all Tennesseans and not his political career. Remember, Hagerty spent the first week of June trying to lure the Republican National Convention, saying that doing so would be an “honor of a lifetime” on the same day the Tennessean reported infections and hospitalizations were rising. Hagerty said this week he “trusts Tennesseans to make the right decisions for themselves.” By now, we all have heard that wearing a mask is about protecting other people from being infected by the mask wearer, and it’s curious why the White House COVID Task Force thought leader, who is asking to represent Tennessee in the U.S. Senate, is not helping spread that public health message. A follow-up might be why does he repeatedly put his own political gain ahead of public health and safety. With new reports saying Hagerty’s ally has reluctantly been prodded into wearing a mask, we expect some new campaign-merch to be hitting the store shelves soon. 

UNMASKING BILL’S TASK FORCE

UNMASKING TOUGH TALK 

Bill Hagerty has continued his tough talk on China, and we’re here to continue to remind everyone that talking tough does not change his real record

FACT: Hagerty made Tennessee the “most dependent state in America for trade with China.”

FACT: Hagerty is claiming he will bring back the same supply chain his ECD shipped overseas

UNMASKING ‘WAR HERO’ FLYNN

Trump’s first National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn, who kicked off all this unmasking, took a different kind of oath this Fourth of July, swearing his allegiance to Qanon. Flynn led the group and tagged his video tweet with #TakeTheOath to join with other conspiracy theorists on the internet. Bill Hagerty, who has never wavered in his defense of the disgraced General who he describes as a “war hero,” repeatedly refused to answer direct questions about his relationship with Flynn during his U.S. Senate confirmation hearings to become Ambassador to Japan. Not answering questions seems to be a Team Hagerty pattern. Anyone want to ask him about this?

UNMASKING HAGERTY’S DISDAIN FOR QUESTIONS

In Hagerty’s recent travels, Tennesseans have learned that Hagerty’s disdain for questions extends beyond those asked by members of the press to include those asked by the very folks he’s asking to represent. During his much advertised tele townhall with Sen. Tom Cotton, Hagerty himself along with elected officials who have endorsed him were given the chance to ask questions but just one Tennessean had the opportunity to do the same. That one question was more than he allowed in Jackson, where he gave a lengthy speech about his love for the president and then left.

UNMASKING ‘THE FORGOTTEN CHILD’ WEEK

This week proved to be children’s week in the Trump administration and just like infrastructure week #1002, it was a lot of talk and not a lot of task tackling. From Hagerty-endorser Kellyanne “Alternative Facts” Conway proclaiming this the administration of the “forgotten child” and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany declaring “there has been no greater champion for rectifying racial and income disparities in America’s educational system than President Trump,” with his work dismantling public education in favor of private schools, to Hagerty-appointed Betsy Devos threatening to cut funding from schools that put public health ahead of the president’s wishes, the administration seems to be united on one front with regard to education — they’re in favor of diverting public funding away from public education. 

UNMASKING HAGERTY’S DEFENSE OF HISTORY/HERITAGE

As the Capitol Commission finally voted to remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust this week, Hagerty defended Confederate statues as “history.” Removing a statue is not erasing history — it’s choosing to no longer celebrate these men and the racist ideologies they stood for,as James Mackler has stated regarding the statue as well as military bases named for Confederate Generals who killed American servicemembers. 

UNMASKING HAGERTY’S AFFINITY FOR RACIST FUNDRAISER GUESTS

Calling minimum wage “the Black teenage unemployment act” and denying the existence of systemic racism repeatedly are tough acts to follow, but Bill Hagerty managed to find another fundraiser guest with overtly racist comments in their past. This week Bill again traded insider information for campaign cash, this time he was joined by John Rich, who earlier this year voiced his disapproval of his children’s school’s curriculum involving lessons about racism and white privilege, claiming “racism does not exist at this school [Lipscomb Academy] based on my experience there.” Your experience, John (& Larry & Art), is not what racism is all about. 

UNMASKING STEP BROTHERS?

Burn. 

116 days until Election Day. 

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