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Georgia senator receives backlash after posing with militia group in photo

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A Georgia state senator who is also a candidate for governor is facing major backlash after taking a photo with a militia group.

Michael Williams posed with members of the Georgia Security Force III% militia after a Piedmont Park event. At the event he urged voters to "unite" against Shariah Law.

Williams said he normally takes hundreds of photos a day and the group appeared to be second amendment supporters who asked him to get in the photo.

"It's just standard operation from the far left," said Williams. "Fear tactics trying to label me something that I'm not and we're just going to get out there with our message and stay on point."

Andra Gillepsie, Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University says in the Republican primaries Williams is an underdog and he may not be able to recover from the incident.

"He's running against people who have higher profiles and better names and so the fact that people are just being introduced on a statewide level and he's being associated with white supremacy it's problematic as he tries to build his profile," said Gillespie.

The photo triggered an outburst of tweets Sunday, many of which were questioning whether members of the group were flaunting a white supremacist sign.

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