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Tennessee U.S. Senate GOP Primary:  Fringe Groups & 2024 Presidential Proxy War

Tennessee U.S. Senate GOP Primary: Fringe Groups & 2024 Presidential Proxy War

For Immediate Release: August 4, 2020

NASHVILLE  With just 37 hours until polls close in primaries for Tennessee’s open U.S. Senate seat, the GOP Primary, which has been dubbed by Politico as “the nastiest” in the country, has taken a dark turn towards the fringes as Dr. Manny Sethi got a boost from QAnon after prescribing the president fire Dr. Fauci, while Bill Hagerty has signaled his support for antigovernment militias, posing for a photo with a supporter wearing a Three Percenters t-shirt (available for purchase on their website)

Residents of Middle Tennessee, where Hagerty lives, will recognize the Three Percenters insignia as the man recently arrested for setting Nashville’s Courthouse on fire had it tattooed on his arm. Satirist Sacha Baron Cohen recently gave the nation a quick explainer about what Three Percenters believe with a singalong at their rally in Washington State, asking “What are we going to do to Fauci?,” with the crowd responding “chop him up like the Saudi’s do.” 

Last week, CNN covered the 2024 presidential proxy war unfolding in the Republican primary, with Sens. Cruz, Paul and Cotton making their picks in the race. CNN noted the contrast in messages between that and decorated Iraq war combat veteran James Mackler, who continues asking Tennesseans to let him serve again in a new crisis in television ads airing statewide

Since launching his campaign at a closed rural hospital in McKenzie, Tennessee, James has earned support from the DSCC, Tennessee AFL-CIO, Tennessee Fire Fighters, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL, Vote Vets, Serve America, Let America Vote, End Citizens United, Giffords PAC, Gov. Phil Bredesen, Minority Leader Karen Camper, and thousands of Tennesseans in all 95 counties

James Mackler joined the U.S. Army after 9/11 to do more and serve in a time of crisis, serving in Iraq as a Black Hawk helicopter pilot as a Screaming Eagle in the 101st Airborne Division. He later protected sexual assault survivors and prosecuted criminals as a U.S. Army JAG attorney. James is running for U.S. Senate for the same reasons he joined the army — to do more and serve all Tennesseans in a time of crisis. 

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