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
Bullies need to be held accountable, no matter who they are. @sendavidperdue
— Mary 🌊 (@maryella480) October 22, 2018
— TurnNCBlue (@nc_turn) October 22, 2018
The defense Perdue’s team is offering doesn’t seem reliable either.
Though the video shows the Georgia Tech student asking his question, with Perdue responding “I’m not doing that,” before snatching the student’s phone, representatives for Perdue say that the Senator thought the student was attempting to take a picture.
“[senator Perdue] clearly thought he was being asked to take a picture and he went to take a selfie as he often does.”
But that’s not exactly clear. Even though the Senator eventually says, “You want a picture?,” the statement doesn’t explain why he said “I’m not doing that” before.
So the Senator’s official response is a blatant lie. Got it.
— Sasha Talebi (@sashatalebi) October 22, 2018
Now Perdue is trying to cover himself by telling a lame lie. He said he thought the student wanted him to take a selfie and that's why he snatched the phone. You don't snatch a phone when someone wants a picture, you simply answer yes or no. He can't even lie good. Very sad.
— llovlyldy (@llovlyldy) October 15, 2018
Senator tells a blatant lie about grabbing a student’s phone. Are we ok with that? https://t.co/Xg8aXrea22
— Jenn (@Loves2golf1) October 15, 2018
The development also has many questioning what the senator’s punishment should be if he’s found guilty.
Sue for an apology and an answer to the original question.
Well, and maybe a little community service for Perdue.
— Jeffery Potter (@chefpotter) October 22, 2018
I hope he gets enough compensation to pay all his student loans off!
— Douglas Rosebrock (@douglas_donero) October 22, 2018
Lock him up!
— James Moody (@jmoody166) October 22, 2018
It’s unclear what the punishment or even the results of the suit will be, but we can be sure that Senator Perdue will think twice before getting aggressive with his constituents again.