Republicans withdraws support for candidate who said ‘God is racist white supremacist’ and jewish people are 'satanic'

Republican nominee Russell Walker has a history of racist and vile statements

Chris Riotta
New York
Thursday 28 June 2018 19:27 BST
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The North Carolina Republican Party has withdrawn its support for a legislative candidate who claimed “God is a racist and a white supremacist” and Jewish people are “Satanic” in newly-uncovered blogs on his website.

The state GOP denounced Russell Walker after statements he made online were reported by a local newspaper, The Charlotte Observer. Mr Walker’s site, Christ Descended From Joseph, includes statements like “Jews are not Semitic they are Satanic as they all descend from Satan” and ”What is wrong with being a white supremacist? God is a racist and a white supremacist.”

The Republican nominee recently won his primary with 65 per cent of the vote.

North Carolina GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said in a statement his organisation would support other candidates who “better reflect the values of our party.”

“Based on recent behaviour and previous statements, the North Carolina Republican Party is unable and unwilling to support the Republican nominated candidate for North Carolina House District 48,” Mr Hayes said Tuesday. ”The NCGOP along with our local parties in Hoke, Scotland and Robeson Counties will be spending our time and resources supporting Republican candidates that better reflect the values of our party.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center, which confirmed the website belonged to the Republican nominee, said in a statement “[Mr Walker] offers a host of racist conspiracy theories and statements.”

“In June 2017, Walker was involved in a bizarre incident at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Moore County, North Carolina, when he allegedly verbally accosted a young lady for having tattoos on her body,” the group reported. ”When the young woman told Walker that she was a U.S. Army veteran recently returned from Afghanistan, Walker purportedly mocked her service to the nation and continued to harass her, subsequently making a scene at the checkout line over Lowe’s offering of military discounts and mocking U.S. veterans for serving their country."

The Republican nominee has previously filed a lawsuit against a local court demanding portraits of Confederate generals return to the courthouse, along with a Confederate flag.

Mr Walker is not likely to unseat Democratic incumbent Garland Pierce, who has represented the state’s 48th House district since 2004, according to analysts. But his candidacy and primary victory arrive at a time when the GOP is grappling over how to deal with the radical fringe that has become attached to the party.

GOP leadership in the state of Washington was recently forced to disavow a newly-elected and self-proclaimed “pro-European nationalist,” who won his seat in the local office after going uncontested during the filing period. State officials have convened a review board to determine whether they can legally unseat him prior to his term in December.

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