Internet trolls are spamming Georgia state lawmaker Mesha Mainor's email with racist slurs and other abusive comments over her decision to leave the Democratic Party.
"The RNC won't pay you in fried chicken, menthols, Rice Krispies Treats, watermelon, or weed," one troll wrote, according to a series of screenshots of the emails that Mainor tweeted over the weekend. "The Klan should wipe the floor with your ass!"
"You wanna be a party traitor and go under [Republican Georgia governor] Brian Kemp's whip," another wrote, "because he offered you more yams and collards?"
Mainor tweeted the messages along with polite responses, such as "I'm sorry you feel this way. I pray everyone has a great Sunday! It's another day the Lord has made." In response to one email that told her to kill herself, Mainor wrote, "Dear Democrat, I'm sorry you feel this way. Support for anyone with thoughts of self-harm can be accessed by calling #988."
Mainor, who is black, cited the Democratic Party's "left-wing radicalism," "lawlessness," and decision to "put the interests of illegal aliens over the interest of Americans" as her reasons for leaving the party. The Georgia legislator joins a growing group of state-level Democrats who are switching their party affiliation. In nearby Louisiana, for example, two Democratic lawmakers this year joined with Republicans.
Most of the lawmakers have said the Democratic Party is no longer open to opposing viewpoints. "I didn't leave the Democrat Party. The Democrat Party left ME," Mainor tweeted.
Democrats in the Georgia State House weren't much nicer to Mainor than the trolls. Mainor told Fox News Digital that, even before she switched parties, Democrats "crucified" and "abandoned" her for supporting a school choice bill.
Mainor, who represents a deep-blue district in urban Atlanta, faces a tough reelection bid in 2024.
Update 3:43 p.m.: This piece has been updated for clarity since publication.