Roy Moore lost. But there are already more like him

Did you catch what happened in a Wisconsin earlier this week? It makes Roy Moore look like, well, a Republican.

An anti-Semitic and bigoted candidate challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan from the Right made some pretty incendiary remarks. So incendiary, even Breitbart and Steve Bannon cut ties with him. Arthur Schwartz, advisor to Steve Bannon went the extra mile to denounce his candidacy and said, “Nehlen is dead to us”.

Paul Nehlen, an actual candidate for Congress, proudly declared on Twitter that he was reading an overtly anti-semitic book about Jewish control of media and political movements. In other tweets, he’s repeatedly opted for the hashtag “#ItsOkayToBeWhite”.

Paul Nehlen, Neo-Nazi and actual candidate for Congress

In one off-the-wall comment typically reserved for 4chan and egg-avatars on Twitter, Nehlen proclaimed that, “Jews pretend to be white to undermine the white race”.

Remarks saying “Jews aren’t really white” were apparently a bridge too far for Bannon; which is awfully surprising considering Roy Moore is an alleged serial child molester and known racist. One would think anti-semitism would be a feature and not a bug for a Bannon and Breitbart-backed candidate.

Apparently still reeling from his loss in Alabama, Bannon felt it necessary to cut ties from a candidate they sourced, amplified, and presumably funded through 2016 and 2017. Oh yes, Nehlen actually ran against Ryan in 2016, and had the support of Breitbart.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that this candidate was labeled a “firebrand” by the media, when in reality it was just another Alt-Right Neo-Nazi nationalist backed by Steve Bannon.

It doesn’t seem like the GOP has much choice at this point, but with Bannon leading an insurgency from the Right backed by billionaire Robert Mercer, no one should be surprised when nationalistic racists continue to try their hand at electoral politics under the Republican brand.

Nathan is the founder of Millennial Politics and a concerned citizen who hopes to inspire others to get involved in our democracy. He is on the Executive Committee of the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, and you can find him on Twitter @NathanHRubin.
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