Wisconsin Republicans dump candidate who tweeted anti-Semitic and racist statements

Feb 14, 2018

(JTA) — The Wisconsin Republican Party has dumped a congressional candidate who has tweeted anti-Semitic statements and ideas, and identifies with the “alt-right.”

Paul Nehlen, who is running to unseat Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, in this year’s elections was permanently banned from Twitter last week for racist and anti-Semitic tweets. Nehlen also claimed in a private Twitter direct message group that his critics are “working for the Jewish media.”

Wisconsin Republican Party spokesman Alec Zimmerman said Tuesday that membership dues Nehlen paid last year to three Wisconsin county parties, which is where state residents join the Republican Party, were refunded to Nehlen or donated to charity, The Associated Press reported. Zimmerman also said that Nehlan had not paid any dues in 2018 and if he tried, they would not be accepted.

“Paul Nehlen is not a member of the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Nehlen and his ideas have no place in the Republican Party,” Zimmerman said, according to the AP.

Nehlan in an email to AP asserted that he is still a member of the Republican Party.