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Report says hundreds of state legislators have joined far-right Facebook groups

By: - May 31, 2022 1:00 am

Dozens of Georgia GOP state lawmakers have an affinity for far-right Facebook pages, including some that oppose COVID-19 restrictions. Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder

COVID-19 denial, opposition to safety restrictions

Rep. David Clark of Buford and Rep. Sheri Smallwood Gilligan of Cumming.

Opposition to Common Core in education

Sen. John Albers of Roswell, House Appropriations Chair Rep. Terry England of Auburn, Rep. Rick Jasperse of Jasper, Rep. Tom Kirby of Loganville, Rep. Ed Setzler of Acworth and Sen. Bruce Thompson of Cartersville.

Opposition to Critical Race Theory lessons in public schools

Rep. Beth Camp of Concord, Rep. Martin Momtahan of Dallas and Rep. Philip Singleton of Sharpsburg.

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The legislators who have joined far-right groups made up 21.74% of all Republican legislators and 0.09% of all Democratic state legislators in the 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions, according to the report.

More than 75% of the legislators in far-right Facebook groups identify as male, while 24.45% identify as female. Nationally, 31.2% of all legislative seats are currently held by women.

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Kira Lerner
Kira Lerner

Kira Lerner is the democracy reporter for States Newsroom in Washington, D.C. She has previously covered voting, criminal justice, and civil rights issues for publications including Votebeat and The Appeal.

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