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IREHR in KUOW: “Extremism makes it beyond the ballot: Today so Far” – June 10, 2022

By June 10, 2022May 4th, 2023No Comments1 min read

IREHR’s newest report, Breaching the Mainstream, was featured in a KUOW article;

Editor Dyer Oxley writes, “A new study shows that 875 state lawmakers (11.85% of all state lawmakers in the USA) have been engaging with far-right Facebook groups — 30 were found in Washington state. It’s one sign of extremism making its way into elected office.”

He continues on, “The study is intriguing because it pulls in various factors that are contributing to our political divides these days — extremism and the role the internet and social media plays in it.”

IREHR’s President, Devin Burghart, was quoted in KUOW;

“I think it’s important for people to understand that right now we’re dealing with a challenge that is orders of magnitude larger than when I started doing this work 30 years ago,” Burghart told KUOW. “The far right has moved significantly from the margins to the mainstream. The insurrection on January 6 was not the end of the problem of the far right in this country. It was a clarion call about the continuing problem that we’re facing.”

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Laura Gibbons

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Laura Gibbons is an IREHR research associate.

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