U.S. Senate candidate explains he was misinformed by leaders of group

New Mexico
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Gavin Clarkson, the only GOP candidate running for U.S. Senate so far, is speaking out saying he was misled by the armed militia that has recently made headlines in New Mexico.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, this comes as a video surfaced on social media, showing Clarkson meeting with members of the United Patriots of the Constitution last month.

He says he was told the group was supposed to be in the border area and that the U.S. Border Patrol had issued them radios. The group allegedly told Clarkson they would only be monitoring the area.

On Monday, the group’s leader Larry Hopkins made his first court appearance after being arrested Saturday for stopping migrants at gunpoint and detaining them. This comes as the ACLU called for an investigation into the group’s actions.

The Journal reports that Clarkson regrets encouraging the public to participate in the group’s activities and says he thinks the civilian militia is the “antithesis” of a free republic.

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