Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock’s ex-wife told police that her husband is “phenomenal at putting on a really good show” after Warnock denied allegations that he deliberately ran over her foot.
The comments could be heard on police body camera footage obtained by Tucker Carlson Tonight. They revolved around a domestic dispute between Warnock and his wife in early March. The incident was first reported on by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution right as Warnock was gearing up to run against GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler in what has become a high stakes runoff election that helped determine which party controls the U.S. Senate (FOX).
Warnock was not charged, and police in a report obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution said medical officials didn’t find any visible signs of injury to his wife’s foot. The video was aired exactly two weeks before the Jan. 5 runoff election in Georgia, in which Warnock is challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
The footage shows the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta telling police that his estranged wife called the officers and alleged that he ran over her foot as he tried to drive away in his car. The two were involved in divorce negotiations at the time. The divorce has since been finalized. “Did you run over her foot?” the officer asked. “I don’t think so,” Warnock replied, “I do not think so.”
The two, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, had been arguing over whether Warnock would allow her to apply for passports so she could take their two children to her grandfather’s funeral in West Africa. Warnock told the officers that as he tried to pull out, his wife stopped him from closing the car’s rear passenger door. “I don’t want to get into a shoving match with her. So I go back around, get back in the car, and I slowly start to move, like I’m going to move forward. Then she claims I ran over her foot,” Warnock said.
The officers then turn to Ndoye, who tells them that Warnock refused to talk to her. “He’s like, ‘Ouleye, close the door. I’m leaving,’” his wife said, choking back tears. “And I was like, ‘Just hear me out. If your mom died, and I had the kids. Wouldn’t you want me to let them go with you to the funeral?’ And he just starts backing the car up. He wasn’t going fast, I’m not bleeding. But I just can’t believe he’d run me over.” She said she thought he deliberately ran over her foot. “Obviously. I was standing here. The door was open and I’m leaning into the car. How can you drive the car when I’m leaning into it?,” she said (WND News).
“This man’s running for United States Senate, and all he cares about right now is his reputation,” she says to the officer. “I’ve been very quiet about the way that he is for the sake of my kids and his reputation.”…“I’ve tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time, and today he crossed the line. So that is what is going on here. And he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show,” Ndoye said.
Warnock scoffed at her account. “I barely move, and all of a sudden she’s screaming that I ran over her foot. I don’t believe it,” he said. Loeffler, in a statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, said the footage was “deeply troubling.” Warnock spokesman Michael Brewer called it a “desperate and shameful” attempt by Loeffler to discredit her challenger in the high-stakes race (NY Post).
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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