Paul Ryan has long been known for his almost single-minded crusade to eliminate poverty by eradicating the poor. But as bad as many believe him to be, the guy trying to take his seat is so much worse.
Paul Nehlen, who is gearing up for his second attempt to replace the ten-term incumbent, is a dedicated white nationalist. Known for being a supporter of the neo-Nazi trope "It's OK To Be White," Nehlen is frequently a sought-after guest on white nationalist podcasts, who most recently stumped in Alabama for accused pedophile Roy Moore.
Now, when he isn't campaigning to replace Ryan in Wisconsin's 1st congressional district, Nehlen likes to spend his time attacking minorities on Twitter and Gab, the “free speech” social media site frequented by far-right users.
On Monday, Nehlen took to Twitter to unload on Buzzfeed for their "attempts to portray" him as "antisemitic" in a recent article titled "How The Alt-Right — And Paul Ryan's Challenger — Coordinate To Fight The "Jewish Media"
Here was his counter argument...
8/ This is the leadership of CNN. Do the people pictured seem to have anything in common? pic.twitter.com/Wx0VAqqV7z— Paul Nehlen (@pnehlen) January 22, 2018
9/ This is the leadership of NBC. Notice anything? pic.twitter.com/kYOqVDCxTC— Paul Nehlen (@pnehlen) January 22, 2018
10/ This is the leadership of The New York Times. Does anything stick out at you? pic.twitter.com/3AVsDDJUTp— Paul Nehlen (@pnehlen) January 22, 2018
11/ I'd be remiss not to include NPR (which is funded by taxpayers). Do you see a pattern? pic.twitter.com/CO2pzVwDUN— Paul Nehlen (@pnehlen) January 22, 2018
12/ And for those of you who thought Fox would be some kind of exception, behold: pic.twitter.com/GS20Jxgst7— Paul Nehlen (@pnehlen) January 22, 2018
Nehlen, who previously had a contributor page on Breitbart, has even been abandoned by Steve Bannon for being too anti-semitic.
But amid continued reports that Ryan will step down at the end of his current term, and national attitudes about race being driven by President Trump, there is a real concern that Nehlen could become a viable candidate in 2018.