Updated April 27, 2019 09:13:00 A New Georgia lawmaker has been arrested for making anti-Jewish tweets and insulting Jewish people on social media.
The Georgia Republican Party said in a statement on Tuesday that State Representative David Mott, a Republican, was arrested after being charged with “disturbing the peace, inciting an assembly to engage in conduct which is unlawful and will subject the person to criminal prosecution”.
Mr Mott is a member of the Georgia House of Representatives and the State Senator for the district of Cobb.
He is a Republican and was the subject of a tweet by his Twitter account in which he said: “I am proud of the Jews of Georgia.
You guys make our state great again!”
The tweet sparked a massive backlash on social networks and sparked a debate in the legislature about the appropriateness of inciting anti -Semitic acts.
Georgia’s Jewish community has expressed concerns about Mr Mott’s comments, calling them “disgusting”.
A Jewish community group called the Georgia Jewish Coalition issued a statement in support of Mr Mowtt’s right to free speech and condemned the “racist, homophobic and anti-semitic” tweets.
“These tweets are deplorable and completely unacceptable,” said Rabbi David Weisberg, president of the Jewish Community Council of Georgia, in a press release.
“It is a sad day for Georgia when an elected official engages in hate speech.
Anti-Semitism is unacceptable in Georgia, and we support Mr Mot’s right as an elected lawmaker to express his opinion on issues of public concern.”
Mr Mowt was not immediately available for comment.