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“Devin Burghart, who runs the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, which analyzes far-right social movements, says understanding sheriffs like Lamb is important in ‘the long-term fight for democracy.’ Researcher Cloee Cooper said Lamb’s highly politicized approach to his job is ‘ultimately undermining a safe and just society.’ Asked about how supporters might interpret his anti-government messaging, Lamb told me, ‘I’m a very pro-freedom person. I believe in letting people live the way that they feel like they need to live.’”

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