A Georgia Tech political group says Sen. David Perdue snatched a phone from a student. Perdue says through a spokesperson that he grabbed the phone because he thought the student wanted a selfie. (Oct. 14)
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A Georgia Tech student captures a video that appears to show Republican Sen. David Perdue snatching his cellphone from Georgia Georgia Kemp on camera. Perdue was campaigning for the Republican gubernatorial candidate Saturday when the exchange took place.
The student said he was a member of Georgia Tech's chapter of the Young Democratic Socialists of America. The video was shared on the YDSA Georgia Tech group's Twitter account.
Kemp when his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams, has picked up the Republican candidate to suppress minority voters ahead of the November election.
Perdue can be seen in the video interrupting the student's question, saying, "No, I'm not doing that." The screen then goes black for an instant before recording with the phone apparently in motion.
The senator tells the student, "If you want a picture, I can give it to you." At the same time, the student is accusing the senator of stealing his property and calling the phone.
Perdue walks along the way, saying, "He won
Abrams and supporters allege Kemp has intentionally held up 53,000 new voter registration applications, 70 percent of which are from African Americans , Kemp has denied the allegation, which he dismissed as a "publicity stunt."
"The question is," the YDSA said in a statement.
Perdue's office said the student wanted him to take a selfie with his phone.
"Senator Perdue spent several hours meeting at the Georgia Tech game this weekend," Perdue's spokesman told WXIA in a statement. In this instance, he did not really want to take a picture, he gave the phone back. "
A Leader of Georgia Tech's YDSA chapter, who asked for anonymity for fear of retaliation The Associated Press. He said Perdue only grabbed the phone after the student began recording and questioning him,
The student who had his phone grabbed told he was considering filing a police report for theft and robbery. But the Georgia Tech chapter of the YDSA expressed doubt that anything would come of it.
"Unfortunately the cops work for wealthy plutocrats like him," the group said in a tweet . Imagine the response if a student had snatched a senator's phone: instant arrest. "
Contributing: The Associated Press
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