Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler was criticized Saturday and Sunday for posing beside a former KKK leader, with less than a month before two runoff elections in the state that will determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
The picture shows Loeffler smiling beside ring-wing activist Chester Doles. It was reportedly posted to Doles’ social media on Saturday with the caption “Kelly Loeffler and I. Save America, stop Socialism.”
Doles, who was a leader in the Ku Klux Klan, is a convicted felon with ties to several white supremacist groups, although he claims his current “American Patriots USA” group is free of racism.
“In 1993, Doles nearly beat a Black man to death. In 2017, he marched in Charlottesville,” wrote Jewish activism group Bend the Arc in a Saturday night tweet with the picture of Doles and Loeffler. “This is who Kelly Loeffler is proudly appealing to.”
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