Republican Senator from Georgia David Perdue may not be up for reelection this year, but that hasn’t relieved him of pressure from his constituents. His way of dealing with that pressure is telling.
Earlier this month, Perdue snatched a Georgia Tech student’s phone after the student attempted to ask Perdue why he’s supporting Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who’s facing a lawsuit for purging thousands of voter rolls in majority-black communities who likely would vote for his opponent, Stacey Abrams.
Now, it looks like Perdue will face a lawsuit of his own.
Can someone get @sendavidperdue a safe space? 🤣
"Student tried asking a simple question about @BrianKempGA's racist scheme to threaten voter registrations from black people, but before he could even finish the question, Perdue stole his phone." – @YDSAGT pic.twitter.com/TDekMjyyjh
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) October 15, 2018
The law firm Dreyer Sterling LLC, founded by Democratic State Representative David Dreyer and Atlanta candidate for Mayor Michael Sterling, filed a civil battery complaint against Perdue on the student’s behalf.
In announcing the complaint, attorneys said Perdue
“ripped [a] phone out of a student’s hands as the student attempted to ask a question about voter rights.”
Now, Americans on Twitter are loving the move toward justice, with many calling Perdue a bully.
— mary (@socueme) October 22, 2018
Good for him. @sendavidperdue is a bully who NEVER meets with his constituents! Always calling others aggressive & his party is the offender! Can't wait to vote him out in 2020!
— BestIsYetToCome (@HMR812) October 22, 2018
— TurnNCBlue (@nc_turn) October 22, 2018
The defense Perdue’s team is offering doesn’t seem reliable either.