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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Bigot Candidates

In Defying the Odds, we discuss state and congressional elections as well as the presidential race

William Cummings at USA Today:
A Holocaust denier who praises Adolf Hitler and aims to "remove the Jews from power" is running as a Republican for a U.S. Senate seat out of California — and a recent poll found him in second place trailing only incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
Patrick Little got more support than any other Republican candidate in an April 27 SurveyUSA poll. Little polled at 18%, compared with Feinstein's 39%. The next highest-performing GOP candidate came in at 8%. [This poll is highly dubious, however.]

Republican leaders in California are working hard to distance themselves from the self-described "counter-Semitic candidate."

"Mr. Little has never been an active member of our party. I do not know Mr. Little and I am not familiar with his positions," said Matt Fleming, the communications director for the California Republican Party in a statement. "But in the strongest terms possible, we condemn anti-Semitism and any other form of religious bigotry, just as we do with racism, sexism or anything else that can be construed as a hateful point of view."

On his blog, Little identifies himself as "the only America first candidate in California." He also asserts that there is no evidence the Germans killed 6 million Jews during World War II and that Hitler ordered that "Jews in internment were to be treated well."
Caitlin Dickson at Yahoo:
Paul Nehlen, a prolific Twitter troll who, before he was banned from the site in February for a racist post about the actress and British royal fiancée Meghan Markle, had published a steady stream of diatribes against Jews. He is the self-described “pro-white” contender in a narrow field of Wisconsin Republicans vying for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s seat.
Arthur Jones is an outspoken Holocaust denier who, despite being disavowed by the Illinois Republican Party, ran unopposed in the March primary in the heavily Democratic Third Congressional District, representing parts of Chicago’s Cook County. He will be on the ballot as a Republican in November.
 Alex Isenstadt at Politico:
West Virginia GOP Senate hopeful Don Blankenship is amping up his racial attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell with a new ad declaring, “Swamp captain Mitch McConnell has created millions of jobs for China people.”

“While doing so, Mitch has gotten rich,” Blankenship adds. “In fact, his China family has given him tens of millions of dollars.”

McConnell’s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, was born in Taiwan and her parents are Chinese. Her father is chairman of a shipping company.