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U.S. Rep. Mike Collins Greeted by Protesters at UGA Speech

In another sign of the political chaos gripping Athens lately, U.S. Rep. Mike Collins was greeted by protesters during a recent speech on campus.

Collins, a Jackson Republican whose 10th District includes Athens, has made a lot of hay out of nursing student Laken Riley’s February murder and got some in return on Wednesday. Student newspaper The Red & Black reported that members of the Young Democratic Socialists of America were there to greet Collins outside the Miller Learning Center with signs and chants of “Abolish ICE” and “No human is illegal.”

Inside the MLC, students continued to admonish Collins for his stances on immigration and the war in Gaza. Several were removed from the room by Collins’ security team, according to The Red & Black.

Meanwhile, on Thursday Collins posted another tirade against Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz on the social media site X. Apparently it’s outrageous that the mayor was explaining the sheriff’s own policy to him and dispensing PR advice.