Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein has represented California in the Senate for 26 years, and is widely expected to comfortably roll to re-election in November. The only real question is who she’ll be facing in the general election, and according to a recent poll, it’s possible that person might be a Republican who’s a vocal anti-Semite. Seems to be becoming a bit of a theme!
A poll commissioned by the Fresno-area news station KFSN last week showed Feinstein polling well ahead of any other candidate with 39 percent of the vote. She’s followed by Republican Patrick Little with 18 percent, whom the television station said has found “strong support in the Central Valley,” where he’s tied with Feinstein.
What the outlet didn’t note (and Newsweek’s Michael Edison Hayden did) is what Little believes:
Little has said he believes Jews should have no say over white non-Jews and wants to see them removed from the country altogether. On Gab, a social media site with large swaths of extremist users, he argues that the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, whose proprietors praise Adolf Hitler and have appeared to call for acts of violence against Jewish people, is too Jewish.
“I propose a government that makes counter-semitism central to all aims of the state,” he wrote on that website, referring to a white nationalist euphemism for a hatred of Jews. He argued for forbidding “all immigration except of biological kin, where no person of Jewish origin may live, vacation or traverse.”
He also wrote that he wanted to keep Americans “free from Jews.”
Another recent poll showed Democratic Senate President Kevin de León, who’s running against Feinstein from the left, with 27 percent support; in California’s jungle primary system, it’s possible that the ballot will (again) have two Democrats. And as UCLA professor Matt Barreto told Newsweek, there’s reason to be skeptical that Little’s support is that strong. “There’s been no campaign to speak of. All the discussion has been between Feinstein and Kevin de León,” Barreto said. “I don’t believe that this candidate has much outreach.”
Even if Republicans in California becoming more aware of Little’s views cause his support to plummet, however, the Republican Party won’t be in dire need of neo-Nazis running for office under their banner: Holocaust denier Arthur Jones won the Republican nomination for an Illinois House seat last month, and white nationalist Paul Nehlen—who got a nice little shoutout from Donald Trump in 2016—is one of six Republicans running to replace Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District.
Must be a coincidence that all of these white supremacists feel comfortable running as Republicans.