New Democratic members of Congress have been struggling to deal with relentless attacks since the midterm elections in November, which saw a record number of women run and win seats across the country.
New congresswomen like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have had to endure unprecedented scrutiny and criticism of everything from the food they eat to the clothes they wear. Conservative news outlets turn every statement they make into three-day stories and relentlessly slam almost any action they take.
The situation is not much easier for another new congresswoman: Rep. Lucy McBath. McBath rose to national prominence in 2012 after her son, Jordan Davis, was shot to death by Michael David Dunn because he didn't like the loud music playing in the teenager's car.
McBath became a well-known gun control advocate and last year won a seat in the House of Representatives for Georgia's 6th Congressional District. She became the first Democrat to represent the district since 1993.
Since winning her seat, local and national Republican officials have attacked her relentlessly on a variety of matters. This week, McBath was forced to defend herself after conservative blogs began reporting that she and her husband were residents of Tennessee and not Georgia's Cobb County.
The story was pushed relentlessly by her Republican opponent, Karen Handel, during the election but has been revived in recent days, making its way from conservative blogs to Fox News.
Fox News published an article on Wednesday about the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) "trolling" McBath by sending her a gift box with coffee, Jack Daniel’s whiskey and other Tennessee products. The NRCC claimed it sent the gift basket to McBath's home in Tennessee and that she signed for the package, which, in its eyes, proved that she was not a real resident of Georgia.
McBath quickly debunked this on Twitter, writing that the house they sent the package to was her mother-in-law's home.
She added that Republicans were harassing her family and would probably continue to do so to win back the seat. Handel has already announced that she is running in the next election.
Sadly, the Republicans are pulling my family into false attacks. This is exactly why I ran for office in the first place, because I am tired of politics as usual - and my constituents deserve better. pic.twitter.com/Zpm30laT3G— Lucy McBath (@lucymcbath) April 10, 2019
National Republican groups are harassing my family. My elderly mother-in-law has already received one unsolicited package, and we expect more.— Lucy McBath (@lucymcbath) April 10, 2019
I refuse to let Republicans harass my family - please stand with me today so we can send a message.
Chip in ⬇️https://t.co/3f9EAlnaux pic.twitter.com/g3XmDtA0UE
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