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Georgia Sen. Perdue Snatched Student’s Phone After Voter Suppression Question



The biggest story in Georgia right now is Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s decision to freeze 53,000 voter registration applications. Democrats say that Kemp, who is running for Governor, is freezing the applications to suppress the minority vote.

Gage Skidmore

Kemp, who is running against Democratic candidate Stacy Abrams is not the only Republican facing questions about his decision. Senator David Perdue was asked about Kemp at an event at Georgia Tech yesterday and acted in an extreme manner.

Perdue, who was on campus to campaign for Kemp was asked by a student about his support for Kemp. The student, who was filming his question, had his phone taken away before he could finish his question.

The incident was captured on video. Perdue responded to the question, “No, we’re not doing that” and walked away with the phone.

As Perdue continued to walk away, the student responded:

“That’s U.S. Senator David Perdue. U.S. Senator David Perdue just snatched my phone because he won’t answer a question from one of his constituents. He’s trying to leave. He’s trying to leave because he won’t answer why he’s endorsing a candidate who’s trying to purge people from voting on the basis of their race.”

The student, who declined to be named for their own protection, is considering pressing charges against the senator.

In a statement to the Daily Beast, Georgia Tech’s Young Democratic Socialists of America said, “Had the situation been today been the other way around, and if the Georgia Tech student had snatched a sitting U.S. Senators phone, the student would would likely have been arrested on the spot.”

Perdue is not up for reelection until the year 2020. While Kemp’s actions chiefly benefit his campaign for Governor, suppression of the minority vote benefits all Republicans in the Georgia legislature. Perdue’s office declined to comment on the incident.