Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is facing strong headwinds in bid at reelection in November. Georgia, despite the left’s most sincere wishes, continues to remain a red state. Warnock will be facing University of Georgia sports legend Herschel Walker, who won last month’s Republican primary and who remains extremely popular in the state. And polling data indicates that Warnock’s party is likely in for an overall clobbering in the fall, thanks largely to President Biden’s utter incompetence and a tanking economy.
Indeed, Warnock is facing an uphill battle. Yet thanks to recent fact checks on claims that the senator made prior to his narrow 2020 electoral victory that show Warnock lied about the circumstances surrounding his brother’s imprisonment, that uphill climb may have just gotten a lot steeper.
For context, let’s first consider Warnock’s comments in a June 2020 speech to the American Jewish Archives. Watch:
It sounds really bad, doesn’t it? Again, a key assertion from Warnock was:
“[My brother] was a first-time offender, convicted of a nonviolent drug-related offense, in which no one got hurt, no one died, no one even got high because the federal government basically created the sting operation that they created. And for that, he was sentenced to life without parole. And we’ve been working hard for years – this is now his 22nd year – to get him out through various appeals.”
The poor guy! Warnock’s implication is that his brother – whose name is Keith Coleman – was probably just smoking a bong in the park and got busted by a racist police department. In previous comments, Warnock stated that Coleman was the victim of “the stigma of color and criminality.” What a travesty! How could something like this happen? The answer: It didn’t.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, it turns out that Warnock’s brother wasn’t a victim of the police, he was a member of the police… and a corrupt member at that.
“Coleman was a cop with the Savannah Police Department when he was convicted of facilitating a cross-country cocaine trafficking operation in 1996 and 1997—and once warned that he could send a drug dealer’s ‘black ass’ to prison if the dealer didn’t pay Coleman more money.”
So, to Warnock’s point that “no one got hurt” due to Coleman’s actions, let’s examine. In Warnock’s calculation, did he include the thousands of end-users whose cocaine use permanently damaged their health? What about the harm caused to the low-level dealers and their “black asses?” How much additional violence and death was caused downstream of Coleman’s drug ring? And has there ever been “a cross-country cocaine trafficking operation” that didn’t result in significant violence at multiple points along the supply chain?
There’s a reason why Senator Warnock’s brother Keith Coleman was sentenced to life in prison. Perhaps he was a first-time offender, but he was also a cop, and someone who thoroughly betrayed the public’s trust by exploiting his position in law enforcement. Coleman was running a nationwide cocaine distribution operation, which is far from a victimless crime. And the reason why the “sting operation” was created was to stop the flow of dangerous drugs from a corrupt cop onto our streets.
Keith Coleman wasn’t the victim of some racist entrapment. He wasn’t targeted because of his race or “color,” as Warnock states. Coleman was a major drug trafficker who deserved to be put behind bars. And in Senator Warnock’s effort to capitalize off his dishonest depiction of his brother’s criminality and the integrity of our law enforcement, he may very well have sunk his chances at remaining in the Senate. Let’s hope so.
By Jess Lawson
Jess Lawson is a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative and a passionate, conservative millennial who loves America.
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