Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com
Paul Ryanâs sudden retirementÂ announcementÂ means that a Nazi is currently the Republican Partyâs leading candidate for Wisconsinâs First Congressional District.
Paul Nehlen has been running in the Republican primary in Wisconsin and attracting attention for a litany of racist and anti-Semitic statements.
HeÂ greetedÂ the news of Ryanâs announcement as âgood news for America,â promising to âwarrior onâ as a candidate. Nehlenâs websiteÂ crashedÂ after the Ryan news, perhaps indicating Republican interest in his campaign, despite his bigotry.
In 2016, TrumpÂ praisedÂ Nehlen during his primary challenge to Ryan. While that campaign was unsuccessful, Nehlen has continued to campaign in the Republican primary, and reflectingÂ Trumpâs racism, has further embraced bigotry in his campaign.
HeÂ was bannedÂ from Twitter after he posted a photo comparing actress Meghan Markle (who is biracial and engaged to Englandâs Prince Harry) to a prehistoric man.
That followed an appearance he made on former klansman andÂ Trump supporterÂ David Dukeâs radio show, where he proclaimed that âJews control the media.â
In anÂ exchangeÂ with a reporter, Nehlen described himself as âpro-white.â
Writing about immigration he complained that congressional leaders want to âreplace American whites with anti-white substandard foreignâ workers.
Ryan touted that he was reading the anti-Semitic book The Culture of Critique: An Evolutionary Analysis of Jewish Involvement in Twentieth-Century Intellectual and Political Movements. The Southern Poverty Law CenterÂ explainsÂ that the book âis part of a trilogy that blames Jews for introducing evil social vices and other perversions into Nordic society and portrayed them as degenerates preying on unsuspecting, wholesome Aryans.â
Nehlenâs embrace of bigotry was so blatant that even the Wisconsin Republican Party and the white supremacists at Breitbart have distanced themselves from him.
Robin Vos, the Republican State Assembly Speaker in WisconsinÂ saidÂ of Nehlen âit looks to me like heâs a racist bigot.â
BreitbartÂ pulledÂ the interviews it has done with Nehlen and removed articles they published supporting him.
But the Wisconsin State Journal reports that Nehlen has paid dues to the Republican Party in Racine, Walworth, and Kenosha counties in that state.
He told that paper he considers himself a Republican, writing, âI am a member of the Republican Party regardless of what their traitorous, spineless apparatchiks believe.â He added, âNot only does my America First agenda have a place in the Republican Party, it ought to be the centerpiece of the Republican Party.â
The Republican Party is in trouble. Thanks in large part to its association with Trump and refusal to hold him accountable, the party faces the prospect of losing many seats. Ryanâs retirement is further evidence of this.
The University of Virginiaâs Center for Politics nowÂ ratesÂ the Wisconsin seat as a âtoss-upâ instead of âlikely Republicanâ when Ryan was the nominee.
The high likelihood of the Republican Partyâs nominee being a Nazi is contributing heavily to that.