Trump robocall slams ‘tax-raising’ Ossoff in Georgia 6th race

President Donald Trump. AP/Evan Vucci

President Donald Trump called Democrat Jon Ossoff a “tax-raising pro-illegal immigration Democrat” who will work to thwart him in a robocall released Friday supporting Republican Karen Handel in Georgia’s 6th District race.

The 90-second call is the latest move by Trump’s administration to help Handel as recent surveys, including an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll published Friday, show her trailing the 30-year-old former congressional aide in the June 20 runoff.

Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who was in town Friday, have both held fundraisers for her. And Trump previously recorded a robocall and sent a flurry of tweets condemning Ossoff ahead of the April 18 vote.

In Friday’s call, paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee, Trump calls Handel “a small government tax-cutting conservative” and said she’s a “terrific woman.”

“We’ve done great things so far, but all of our progress creating jobs, growing our economy and cracking down on illegal immigration will be stopped if Nancy Pelosi wins and puts her guy in your congressional seat,” Trump said. “He’ll raise your taxes and crime will surge.”

Ossoff’s campaign had no immediate comment on the robocall, but he said in April that Trump’s Twitter attacks were “misinformed.” Ossoff has called for an “aggressive simplification” of the tax code and an immigration package that provides a path to legal status for those in the country illegally without felony records.

Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff at the first 6th District debate. (Branden Camp/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

He opposes plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but said he will work with Republicans to nix the medical device tax, offer small business tax credits and increase competition in the insurance market across state lines.

Ossoff launched his campaign in January pledging he would “stand up” to Trump, and he attracted support from liberals and other Trump critics around the nation who helped him break fundraising records. He’s been less vocal in his criticism of Trump recently as he tries to woo both Democrats and independents.

NRCC spokeswoman Maddie Anderson said Trump’s support has been “critical” to the GOP efforts to hold the seat, which both parties are desperate to win. Republicans have long represented the 6th District, but Ossoff’s record-shattering fundraising and strong performance in recent polls have some in the GOP hunkering down.

Trump’s call was part of an intensifying Republican get-out-the-vote effort in the final stretch of the race, the most expensive U.S. House contest in the nation’s history.

“Vote now. Do it. Vote now,” he said, adding: “Karen Handel will stop the liberal Democrats radical, really, radical agenda. And I want to tell you, when you look at it, it’s not even believable what they want to do. Most importantly she’ll help me make America great again.”

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289 comments
Anna Feist Garcia
Anna Feist Garcia

One wonderful thing, Ossoff will be unable to vote for himself! Shows how educated 6th district democrats are or aren't

Paula Resley
Paula Resley

He's going to have to fight and pay this hard in every election moving forward. 45 is done. He will never accomplish anything of substance because he's embroiled in major investigations of serious American issues. And his base thought this would be life under Hillary. Ha!

Dewey Holleman
Dewey Holleman

Liar, supporting a high school graduate. Trump likes 'me stupid.

Robert Randolph
Robert Randolph

If the people in the 6th want someone who is going to support raising their taxes and cause obstruction to making America great again then Ossoff is their candidate. But that seems extremely counter productive to building a better community and country.

Jay Clark
Jay Clark

Just look at the states run by dumbocrats just do your research! Inner run down bankrupt over taxed filthy cities! It's happening in FL. You can't expect a different outcome if you stick with the dems

Jim Robinson
Jim Robinson

We are smarter than a fifth grader. No effect.

Tom Gilley
Tom Gilley

An even better reason to vote for Ossoff

Ellie Gratz
Ellie Gratz

When Handel says she will work hard in Washington to get the funds we need for Georgia, where do you think those monies come from? Your taxes. She needs the Federal Government as much as anyone else in power, to rebuild or infrastructure. How do you think Gov Deal got our I 85 bridge repaired so quickly? The majority came from Federal Funds, aka your tax dollars.

Erin Sandlin
Erin Sandlin

People do realize that, while taxes may suck, they are how we pay for bridges that don't collapse and schools that stay open for a whole five days a week...right?

James Mazur
James Mazur

The UK got a clue with the Prime Minister's 'snap election' losing the majority in Parliament. France hot a clue when President Macron won against Marine Le Pen!!! But this is Georgia's 6th District!!!

Billy Wilson
Billy Wilson

This should put Ossoff over the top! I understand most of the 6th is college educated.

Bill Byrum
Bill Byrum

If Trump tells me to go east, I go west!

Miriam Paris
Miriam Paris

He knows the only way he can stay in office is to have a majority of protective underlings in the House. His desperation to stay in office despite his unworthiness, his unfitness, his ignorance, his corruptness is obvious. If Obama had done any of these corruptible offenses, the same people that support trump would have died. This is our land, not just your land, GA included. We're restoring democracy once we take enough seats in 2018, and trump will be in jail, where he should be. He's obstructed justice, created a very hostile state nationwide and caused us to lose our respected standing globally. We are only beginning with GA's sixth district. 2016 lesson learned, not to be repeated. There'll be no electoral college to assist you. Elect Jon Ossoff for Congress

Robert Willett
Robert Willett

45 is so eloquent. Place the Trumpster in the dumpster.

Nancy Dykstra Holland
Nancy Dykstra Holland

Ossoff is nothing but an infiltrator for the globalist party. He doesn't even represent this area and is getting money funneled into his campaign by outside interests yet, there are still numskulls who will STILL vote for him.

A.J. Faye
A.J. Faye

Tossoff is a whinny tax and spend exstream libreal.bad for Ga.bad for America

Len Moore
Len Moore

Glad to see Trump supporting Handel. It will help Ossoff.

Barbara Austen Cheng
Barbara Austen Cheng

Well - therezzzzzz an endorsement .... Yeah - won't be voting for Handel ... Now all she needs is Putin to send a love note.

Brenda Wheeler
Brenda Wheeler

I sincerely hope that the voters of the 6th district can see through this young "whipper snapper" and that he is a puppet of the Liberal Democrats from across the nation that can't get over Pres Donald J. Trump winning the election. Please get out the vote for Karen Handel! Keep the 6th RED!

Joseph Paczkowski
Joseph Paczkowski

this young "whipper snapper" is well educated in foreign policy AND Economics. Vote Ossoff!!

Patricia Rathbun
Patricia Rathbun

Joseph Paczkowski how is this even a question lol. trump is now under investigation for Comey, along with a ton of other things. I'm not in the district but I'm supporting Ossoff

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

way to Pres. Trump we do not need this weasel Karen is better we need more women in house

Donna Gates Kelly
Donna Gates Kelly

But of course he stuck his yellow head in. I would expect nothing less.

Jim Nichols
Jim Nichols

Good job, let these folks know the truth about this libturd loser!

Gary Cox
Gary Cox

Good! He has a 57% disapproval rating in the Sixth District ... push voters to vote against The Handel-Trump ticket!

Cathy Mclaurin
Cathy Mclaurin

He REALLY is full of himself. ..If he is so arrogant to believe his LYING presence is an incentive for Handles...poor guy.

Yolanda Reyna
Yolanda Reyna

Who cares! Trump is a liar. ZERO credibility.

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

Obama should be bought up on charges. Democrats are dumb

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

He has been cleared . Sorry you keep losing . Liberalism is terrorism

Thomas Meduri
Thomas Meduri

Trump knows he needs to keep all these nasty democrats away from politics. Go trump

Woody Smith
Woody Smith

Keep the Seat !!!! Vote Karen Handel !!!!!

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

How much Russian money is paying for the calls.

Brandy Tucker Lmt
Brandy Tucker Lmt

He needs to stay out of local politics. He's the president. Not the govenor. He can barely do his job as it is.