ATLANTA, Ga. - Members of the new Black Panther Party were photographed carrying assault rifles and carrying signs for Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.
The photo was posted tot he group's Facebook page where the caption says they're "not working with any campaign --but rallying against voter suppression."
This comes on the heels of Oprah Winfrey's visit to the state on behalf of Abrams, who hopes to become the first black female governor in the State of Georgia.
Republican candidate Brian Kemp posted the photo to Twitter and said via a statement to WGCL-TV:
It's no surprise that militant Black Panthers are armed and patrolling the streets of Georgia for Stacey Abrams. The Black Panthers are a radical hate group with a racist and anti-semitic agenda. They are dangerous and encourage violence against our men and women in uniform."
"Stacey Abrams should immediately denounce the Black Panthers and their hateful record of racism. She should stand against and condemn their attempts to intimidate hardworking Georgia voters just days before the election." - Ryan Mahoney, Kemp for Governor
Abram's campaign responded by saying that Kemp has "posed for pictures with supporters wearing racist, hate-filled shirts and refused to denounce them."
Abrams said last month that she wants to ban semi-automatic rifles if she is elected governor. On Sunday's "State of the Union" on CNN, she once again said that semi-automatic rifles should be banned in the state.
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