A study released on Friday, May 13, by the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights (IREHR), a group that tracks far-right efforts in penetrating U.S. state politics revealed some of the growing ties between far-right groups and state legislators.
IREHR researchers identified 875 state legislators serving in the 2021-2022 legislative period and representing all 50 states who have joined at least one of 789 far-right Facebook groups. That is 11.85% of all state legislators in the country,” according to the study.
The report investigates legislators that have joined far-right Facebook groups, profiles legislators and their political activism and agendas. Outlines the ideologies and political goals of the groups joined by these legislators. Weighs in the impact of the far-right groups members of legislators in U.S. state politics.
The study identified 22% of Republican legislators and 12% of all state legislators in the country have joined far-right Facebook groups. All together they have sponsored around one thousand bills of “anti-human rights legislation,” “Early data suggests that things could be getting even worse,” the report added.