David Perdue Campaign Mocks Opponent Jon Ossoff for Eating at Black-Owned Slutty Vegan Restaurant

 U.S. Sen. David Purdue (R-Ga.) speaks to the crowd of supporters during a “Defend the Majority” rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agriculture Center on November 19, 2020 in Perry, Georgia. Purdue is facing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff in a January 5th runoff race.

U.S. Sen. David Purdue (R-Ga.) speaks to the crowd of supporters during a “Defend the Majority” rally at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agriculture Center on November 19, 2020 in Perry, Georgia. Purdue is facing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff in a January 5th runoff race.
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Over the weekend, Democratic Senate runoff candidate Jon Ossoff visited Black-owned vegan restaurant Slutty Vegan in Atlanta during a tour to support small businesses. Despite the fact that Republicans often champion themselves as fighters for small businesses, current Georgia Sen. David Perdue’s campaign decided it was a good look to mock the senator’s opponent for eating a vegan burger by posting a photo of Perdue and his wife sitting over a plate of Waffle House’s good-old American non-veggies because, for whatever reason, that’s the right-wing version of a flex.

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Perdue’s campaign retweeted a post from CNN political reporter Donald “DJ” Judd.

“Back in Atlanta, Democratic candidate for Senate Jon Ossoff kicks off a Small Business Saturday tour with a stop at Slutty Vegan, a vegan burger joint,” Judd wrote accompanied by a photo array of Ossoff’s visit. “‘We got Jon Jon running for Senate in the building!’ a staffer calls out as Ossoff enters, prompting cheers.”

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Perdue’s campaign posted a photo of Perdue and his wife sitting in what looks like the Waffle Housiest Waffle House in the Atlanta area, aka Waffle House, Georgia. The caption on the photo reads, “@ossoff can have the plant burger, we’ll take the all-star special. Pick your side, Georgia.”

First of all: For those who don’t know, Slutty Vegan is a vegan burger joint that first opened in 2018 and has since opened two additional locations in Atlanta. The restaurant’s founder and CEO is Pinky Cole, a Black woman who started out “making moves from her two-bedroom apartment in July of 2018, selling Slutty Vegan’s signature burgers fresh to order via Instagram…yep, Instagram!” according to the restaurant’s website.

I suppose we can’t just jump to the assumption that Perdue’s campaign knew Slutty Vegan is a Black-owned business or that it had anything to do with the Perdue platform being used to throw shade at the burger chain.

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Then again, Perdue definitely knew how to pronounce the name of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris—who he served with on the Senate Budget Committee for years—but still opted to woo his racist-ass constituents by referring to her as, “Kah-mah-la or Kah-ma-la or Kamala-mala-mala, I don’t know, whatever.”

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But even if racism had nothing to do with the campaign’s post, why go after a small business in favor of a large restaurant chain like Waffle House? It’s especially hypocritical given that, in August, Perdue called small businesses “the backbone of our economy” during a small business roundtable the senator hosted in Smyrna, Ga.

Also, for people who champion themselves as the anti-snowflake, conservatives sure do seem to be offended by the very idea of veganism. Imagine a campaign seeing a man minding his own business and eating a vegan burger as an opportunity to attack a political opponent.

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And what’s with all this “pick your side, Georgia” shit? Only in the out-of-touch Republican mind are vegans and meat-eaters the Capulets and Montagues of the runoff electorate. Imagine seeing an opponent eating much healthier than you as a reason to go full gang gang.

Seriously, has the Perdue campaign just officially come out as pro-heart disease, or nah?

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