Sen. Kelly Loeffler told Breitbart News on Monday that a “disgusting” report about mistreatment of children at a church camp in the early 2000s “should be disqualifying” for the Senate candidacy of her Democrat opponent in Georgia’s upcoming runoff election, Rev. Raphael Warnock, who oversaw the camp.
“What we’ve learned today is really very sad. It’s disgusting, should be disqualifying for serving in the U.S. Senate,” Loeffler said about a Washington Free Beacon report detailing the experiences of one of the camp’s attendees.
Anthony Washington, 12 at the time, filed a lawsuit against Camp Farthest Out alleging child abuse, including an instance of counselors pouring urine on him and punishing him by forcing him to sleep outside. Warnock served as senior pastor of Baltimore’s Douglas Memorial Community Church, which ran the camp from about 2001 to 2005. Warnock was arrested for interfering with a state trooper who was questioning the camp’s counselors on the matter.
“First let me say that my heart goes out to the victim that has talked about this publicly, goes out to all victims impacted by child abuse; this is a very serious issue. … This victim said that [Warnock] was one of the leaders of the camp, and this camp was subsequently shut down, and Raphael Warnock left that church after this, and so I think that Georgians deserve those answers, and I’m glad that we’ve finally started to uncover what happened there.”
Loeffler added, “The mainstream media won’t ask these questions of him. He’s refused to answer these questions, questions about domestic abuse. … I’ve asked him if he would denounce Marxism and socialism; he won’t answer those questions. And he won’t answer a simple question about, ‘Will you pack the Supreme Court, will you support that?’ These are answers that Georgians need to know.”