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IREHR in NPR: “Social justice group examines how deeply the far-right has penetrated state politics” – May 26, 2022

By May 26, 2022May 4th, 2023No Comments2 min read

IREHR’s report, Breaching the Mainstream, was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition;

Domestic Extremism Correspondent Odette Yousef says “So this report looked at more than 7,000 state legislative seats at capitols across the country during the 2021-2022 legislative period, Steve, and it found that 875 of them had joined at least one far-right Facebook group.”

Yousef continues, “this was really looking at legislators who occupy echo chambers of misinformation online, you know, around things like anti-masking, election denial, COVID denial and even some who affiliate with movements that believe the federal government is illegitimate, Steve.”

Devin Burghart, IREHR’s Executive Director, was quoted in NPR’s Morning Edition;

“If you allowed groups that fall into this category to bring their agenda to fruition in the United States, it would do things like get rid of equal protection and due process and even the amendment prohibiting slavery. We would get rid of things like women’s voting rights. They’re not out there saying we want to overthrow the government to create a white nation, but they are putting forward ideas wrapped in a constitutional package that, ultimately, have the same impact.” Said Burghart.

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Laura Gibbons

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Laura Gibbons is an IREHR research associate.

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