Kelly Loeffler Keeps Posing For Photos With White Supremacists And Other Extremists
Written by Black Voices on December 17, 2020
Earlier this week a photograph of Georgia GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler posing with a infamous white supremacist went viral, prompting her marketing campaign to disavow it.
However this wasn’t the primary time that Loeffler — who’s competing in one of many Jan. 5 Georgia runoff elections that can determine management of the U.S. Senate — has posed for photographs with a white supremacist or different far-right extremists. She has achieved it repeatedly this 12 months.
The image that went viral confirmed Loeffler smiling alongside Chester Doles, a former Ku Klux Klan chief and member of the neo-Nazi Nationwide Alliance. Doles, who attended the lethal 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, went to jail within the 1990s for assaulting a Black man in Maryland.
He posted the picture, taken at a Loeffler marketing campaign occasion in Dawsonville, Georgia, to the Russian social media website VK on Dec. 11.
The activist group Bend the Arc: Jewish Motion reposted the picture to Twitter, with the remark “That is who @KLoeffler is proudly interesting to.” The tweet shortly went viral.
In response, a Loeffler marketing campaign spokesman informed the Atlanta Journal-Structure that the senator “had no thought who [Doles] was and if she had she would have kicked him out instantly as a result of we condemn in essentially the most vociferous phrases the whole lot that he stands for.”
However photographs of Loeffler smiling alongside far-right extremists usually are not exhausting to search out.
The Democratic Social gathering of Georgia and Bend the Arc every individually supplied HuffPost with a photograph exhibiting Loeffler posing with Joshua Mote, Lumpkin County coordinator for American Patriots USA (APUSA), a Georgia extremist group led by Doles.
The picture, which Doles additionally posted to VK, exhibits Mote standing alongside Loeffler and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) at a Loeffler marketing campaign occasion on Sept. three in Gilmer County, Georgia.
The Loeffler marketing campaign didn’t reply to a request for touch upon the Mote picture on Thursday. However spokesman Stephen Lawson did present an announcement when HuffPost beforehand contacted the marketing campaign in regards to the picture in September.
“Sen. Loeffler denounces all types of hate,” Lawson mentioned on the time. “However sadly, that is one other faux information assault from the completely discredited Southern Poverty Regulation Heart and their associates within the liberal media.”
The Southern Poverty Regulation Heart was not concerned with this story and didn’t present HuffPost with the picture of Loeffler and Mote. The civil rights group does, nevertheless, record APUSA as a white nationalist hate group.
Doles based APUSA in 2019 in an obvious try to rebrand himself and whitewash his previous connections to the KKK and different white supremacist teams.
APUSA, which is supportive of President Donald Trump and which has aligned itself carefully with the far-right militia motion, claims to be non-racist. Its membership, nevertheless, is teeming with Klansmen and neo-Nazis, based on analysis compiled by the group Atlanta Antifascists.
Politicians like Loeffler take photographs with plenty of folks on the marketing campaign path, and it’s inconceivable for them to know the political affiliations of each individual with whom they pose. However there’s additionally clearly a motive why extremists are excited to be photographed with Loeffler: The senator has repeatedly catered to or condoned these on the far-right.
In August, Loeffler sat down for an interview with One America Information Community host Jack Posobiec, a neo-Nazi collaborator and outstanding MAGA propagandist.
“I joined @JackPosobiec on @OANN to debate why I needed to name out the [Black Lives Matter] political group — and why the woke mob is making an attempt to cancel me,” Loeffler tweeted on the time.
Posobiec’s extremist résumé is lengthy. He as soon as related himself with white supremacists like Richard Spencer, one of many organizers of the 2017 Charlottesville rally. Posobiec has additionally tweeted out a number of anti-Semitic memes and has typically made reference to the numbers 14 and 88 — codes steadily utilized by neo-Nazis. He was one of many greatest promoters of the deranged, right-wing Pizzagate conspiracy concept.
In September, Loeffler attended a pro-gun rally in Georgia and posted photographs from the occasion to Twitter exhibiting her standing alongside armed members of the Georgia III% Martyrs militia group.
The Georgia III% Martyrs — a part of a nationwide far-right militia motion ― are identified for exhibiting as much as monitor Black Lives Matter protests carrying military-style assault weapons.
Loeffler additionally posted photographs from that pro-gun rally of her standing with Marjorie Taylor Greene, then a Georgia congressional candidate who gained nationwide infamy for her assist of QAnon, a pro-Trump conspiracy cult that believes a globalist cabal of pedophiles — who kidnap and torture youngsters — are waging struggle towards the president.
Greene, who received her election to the U.S. Home in November, has additionally been recorded making a number of racist, Islamophobic and anti-Semitic statements.
In October, Loeffler and Greene held a joint press convention at which Greene endorsed the senator’s election bid.
“Sen. Loeffler’s declare to disavow the previous KKK chief she posed with rings hole given her repeated assaults on Black activists and her affiliation with different politicians corresponding to Marjorie Taylor Greene who use racism and antisemitism to unfold division and hate,” Victoria Raggs of Bend the Arc: Jewish Motion Atlanta informed HuffPost in an announcement on Thursday.
Raggs added that “Loeffler has clearly made tying herself to extremists a part of her electoral technique” in an effort to “distract from her personal greed and ethics inquiries for illegally profiting off of a pandemic.”
Loeffler is in a decent runoff election towards Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock. That race, together with one other Georgia Senate runoff, will determine which social gathering controls the U.S. Senate in January.
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