The Georgia gubernatorial race took a dramatic and ugly turn after images surfaced of armed members of the New Black Panthers campaigning for Democrat Stacey Abrams.
Abrams, who wants to be Georgia’s first female black governor, has the backing of not only the New Black Panthers but also Oprah and former President Barack H. Obama.
“How radical is my opponent? Look at who is backing her. The New Black Panther Party is ‘a racist…antisemitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews, & law enforcement,” Ga. Secretary of State Brian Kemp wrote on Twitter.
Kemp campaign spokesman Ryan Mahoney told the Todd Starnes Radio Show that Abrams should “immediately denounce the Black Panthers and their hateful record of racism.”
“It’s no surprise that militant Black Panthers are armed and patrolling the streets of Georgia for Stacey Abrams,” Mahoney said. “The Black Panthers are a radical hate group with a racist and anti-semitic agenda.”
The Black Panthers said they were conducting armed rallies against voter suppression.
A number of people suggested the presence of armed Black Panthers was meant to intimidate Georgia voters.
“Just IMAGINE the outrage if some white ‘nationalists’ stood on the side of the road with these weapons and Brian Kemp signs. This is black privilege,” legendary talk show host Neal Boortz wrote on Twitter.
How radical is my opponent? Look at who is backing her. The New Black Panther Party is “a racist…antisemitic organization whose leaders have encouraged violence against whites, Jews, & law enforcement” RT if you agree that Abrams & the Black Panthers are TOO EXTREME for GA! pic.twitter.com/oJXdTHgcym
— Brian Kemp (@BrianKempGA) November 4, 2018
The New Black Panthers marching for Stacey Abrams. Right here in Atlanta!! pic.twitter.com/ZMgLwUaXGL
— Shannon Burke (@TheShannonBurke) November 3, 2018
OMG, this is GEORGIA, not Somalia or Mali. In these pics, the Black Panthers are roaming the streets, with weapons, campaigning for Abrams.
We don’t want Communists and Marxists in Georgia!!!!!!!!!!
They don’t want police or “ICE” but they do want overlords? Roaming?
— Diana247 (@Diana24724) November 4, 2018