Wisconsin Republican Paul Nehlen—among the more flagrantly racist, anti-Semitic Congressional candidates running this or any other cycle—has, like a disgraceful number of others, used the fatal February shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School to peddle categorically false, undeniably anti-Semitic, and unfathomably cruel conspiracy theories.
On Monday, Nehlen posted a collage of mugshots to his campaign’s official Facebook page that featured six mass murderers—Dylan Klebold, Jared Lee Loughner, Adam Lanza, James Holmes, Elliot Rodgers, and Stoneman Douglas shooter Nikolas Cruz—with the caption “Can’t be ‘White supremacists’ if they’re not even White.” And then: “As merely 2% of the population of the United States, why are Jews portrayed as Whites when they commit a disproportionate number of mass shootings?”
The post then links to multiple web pages with claims that each man featured is Jewish. The post has over 1.6 thousands likes.
As The Atlantic’s Emma Green aptly noted, the “catalog of [Nehlen’s] absurd comments is too long to detail in full.” Just this month, Nehlen—who describes himself as “pro-white—was banned from Twitter after posting a racist meme mocking Meghan Markle. He once asked his Twitter followers: “Poop, incest, and pedophilia. Why are those common themes repeated so often with Jews?” He’s fond of superimposing images of stars of David across the foreheads of prominent figures in politics and media and mocking the Holocaust.
Meanwhile, Nehlen’s spokesman, Josh Smith, made headlines last week for tweeting his support for ethnic cleansing.
Nehlen himself received about 10,000 when he last challenged Paul Ryan for his Congressional seat in 2016.