No, that is not an exaggeration, there are no less than five races this year in which the Republican candidate on the ballot is “a card-carrying Nazi, a Holocaust denier, a proud white supremacist, or all of the above“:
- Russell Walker, Republican nominee for state House, North Carolina
- Arthur Jones, Republican nominee for U.S. House, Illinois
- Corey Stewart, Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Virginia
- Paul Nehlen, Republican nominee for U.S. House, Wisconsin
- John Fitzgerald, Republican nominee for U.S. House, California
These are not isolated cases, not bad apples, not aberrations. This is the logical end point of the last forty years of Republican politics. You pander to racism, you get a party full of racists. You can’t disavow what you are.
Update 2018-08-17: Steve West, who literally believes Hitler was right and said so on a radio program, has won the Republican nomination for a state House seat in Clay County Missouri. By 25 points. The Missouri Republican Party has gone through the ritual exercise of condemnation:
Steve West’s shocking and vile comments do not reflect the position of the Missouri Republican Party or indeed of any decent individual. West’s abhorrent rhetoric has absolutely no place in the Missouri Republican Party or anywhere. We wholeheartedly condemn his comments.
But apparently West himself does have a place in the Missouri Republican Party, and that place is “winner of the primary election.” How far out of step with the Republican Party could he be, to win by 25 points? Did Missouri Republicans take the obvious next step, do the right thing, and urge voters to support West’s Democratic opponent on election day? Nope.