(Sour) Cream of the Crop — Part II

Those of us who do not live in Wisconsin have likely never heard of Paul Nehlen.  He ran in the 2016 Republican primary against House Speaker Paul Ryan, and lost … bigly … by about 70%. When Steve Bannon and Breitbart come out in support of a candidate, that should tell you all you need to know.  Paul Nehlen will be once again running in the GOP primary in Wisconsin against Paul Ryan, and it is important we know just what he stands for.

Nehlen is a white supremacist in extremis who blasted House Speaker Paul Ryan for criticizing white supremacists in the days after the rally/march in Charlottesville, Virginia in August.

Paul-Ryan-tweetAt the same time, Nehlen tweeted that the rally was an “incredible moment for white people.”

Breitbart on NehlenA few things we all need to know about Nehlen …

Nehlen was also a major proponent of Mike Cernovich’s imaginary “Pizzagate”  conspiracy theory and told the Associated Press in August that he still believed it to be true.

In 2016, when Ryan   was vacillating about whether to endorse then-candidate Trump, Trump connected with Nehlen and praised him for supporting him in his war of words with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a Muslim Army captain. Nehlen called Paul Ryan a “double agent” who is working for Hillary Clinton because he disagreed with Trump on Khan.

In an interview with a Chicago radio host in 2016, he was asked if he supported deporting all Muslims from the U.S.  He responded, “I’m suggesting that we have a discussion about it. That’s for sure. I am absolutely suggesting we figure out how do we, we, here’s what we should be doing. We should be monitoring every mosque. We should be monitoring all social media.”

dump-truckHis invective against Paul Ryan is jaw-dropping. “A  soulless globalist from the Democrat wing of the Uni-Party.” An “open borders politician” who was “grown in a petri dish in D.C.” and added, “He is all in for the cheapest possible labor for Wall Street. That’s what Paul Ryan’s in for. Paul Ryan’s in for Paul Ryan. He is not an American Patriot – he is a Globalist.”  

Nehlen campaigned for Roy Moore, the Senate candidate from Alabama who was twice removed from the judicial bench and also accused multiple times of pedophilia and other sexual misconduct, claiming to have raised more than $1 million for Moore’s campaign.

After a back-and-forth debate on Twitter regarding gun rights, Nehlen tweeted to New York Post columnist John Podhoretz, “Do us all a favor, Podhoretz. Eat a bullet.” He also told Podhoretz, “self-deport you steaming dung heap.”

Nehlen-4On social media, Nehlen shares memes — like Pepe the frog — associated with the “alt-right,” and has appeared on the podcast Fash the Nation, a project of white nationalist Mike Peinovich. Nehlen has also praised Identity Evropa, a self-styled “identitarian” group that holds to the basic white nationalist belief that whites are doomed to extinction amid a “rising tide” of brown and black people controlled or manipulated by Jews.

Though Steve Bannon and Breitbart have supported Nehlen, that support appeared to come to an end late last month.  Amid rumours that Speaker Paul Ryan is considering stepping down this year, Nehlen upped his ante and espoused his white nationalist, white supremacist position more strongly than ever.

nehlin-bannonOn December 18, Nehlen was a guest on a Breitbart radio show, Whatever It Takes with Curt Schilling. During the interview, Nehlen explained that he has adopted increasingly radical positions to “move the Overton Window”  to the right. The Overton Window refers to what the public considers acceptable political discourse and policy at any given moment and how conservative or liberal politicians can be and still win elections. The Overton Window is frequently discussed by white supremacist groups, who believe their current mission, rather than directly impacting national policy, is to push the Overton Window further to the extreme right in order to legitimize white nationalist ideologies. ie., bigotry and racism. The interview was posted on Breitbart’s site, but shortly thereafter was removed, and now Breitbart claims that they cut all ties with Nehlen months before.

Breitbart deletedEleven days later, on 29 December, Schilling tweeted an invitation to Nehlen:  “@pnehlen let’s have you on the show Wednesday, some things I think people want to hear and some questions I think you need to answer. 1:19 PM – Dec 29, 2017”  Nehlen replied: “Sounds great, Curt. Looking forward to it.  …3:57 PM – Dec 29, 2017”

I think it becomes obvious that Breitbart has not, in fact, cut all ties with Nehlen, however after ThinkProgress reported on the scheduled interview, it was abruptly cancelled.   At least twice since December 2016, Nehlen has appeared on “Fash The Nation,” a white supremacist podcast. Nehlen is also promoting his candidacy on Gab, a social media network that caters to white nationalists. Its app was banned by Google and Apple for hate speech.

I could cite endless tweets and comments from Nehlen that would turn your stomach, but I think you get the picture.  He is indisputably a nasty character, an arrogant and bigoted person. Just as I said about Jan Morgan a few days ago, this person would have been run out of town on a rail two years ago, but suddenly, I have no confidence that the people of his state will not support him. Times have changed with the election of the ‘man’ in the Oval Office. While I am not a big fan of Paul Ryan, as he has been licking Trump’s boots for a year now, he looks nearly like a saint when held up in comparison to Nehlen.

Why, you may ask, am I highlighting these unlikely and unsavory candidates?  I think they bear watching.  I think their ability to garner any significant support, even if they do not win the election in November, speaks of the national temperament.  Frankly, I spent more than six hours reading and researching Mr. Paul Nehlen, and now that I am finished, I feel dirty … I need a long, hot shower, for I feel that I have delved far too deep into the rabbit hole and am infested with the filth I encountered there.

24 thoughts on “(Sour) Cream of the Crop — Part II

  1. Pingback: (Sour) Cream of the Crop — Part III | Filosofa's Word

    • Both good questions, for which I have no answers. As re the Civil War … I can’t even begin to imagine, for there are no lines of demarcation, both sides are scattered and co-mingled around the nation. I suspect it would be massive amounts of random killings. And no, I don’t think being a globalist is un-American. The reality is that like it or not, the world has become smaller and more connected than it was 50 years ago … or even 10 years ago … and we are all inter-dependent. Globalization is here to stay, unless the idiot in chief starts a nuclear holocaust and we go all the way back to square one!

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  2. Dear Jill,

    I am 100% convinced that Mr. Paul Nehlen hasn’t a prayer to win in Wisconsin which is definitely not Alabama. Mr. Bannon is doing all of us a favor as Mr. Nehlen will take votes away from the House Speaker Paul Ryan. This helps the democratic candidate, Randy Bryce who is a union iron-worker and U.S. Army veteran. Hillary Clinton lost this state by less than 1% in 2016.

    He has a 2 minute ad that is outstanding.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Hey Gronda! I just wanted to let you know that I don’t think I will use Tom Steyer for my ‘good people’ blog, for it just seems that too much of what he does has political undertones. But he is definitely a good guy, and I look forward to seeing your post about him! Hugs!!!

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    • In Nehlen’s case, I think you are right, and he may dilute the republican vote enough to give the democratic candidate a boost … I’ll have to check out Mr. Bryce, for I don’t know much about him. But in some other states, these nut jobs just might stand a chance.
      Hugs!!!

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  3. Darwin conjectured humans were one race that stemmed some how from the primates. Later we were shown to have come from Africa and spread out along with other hominids about 100, 000 years ago. We split into tribal competing groups to survive what nature threw at us.
    Strangely Darwin’s cousin Sir Francis Galton using this information kicked off eugenics or the science of being well-born.
    Galton wanted to improve the human race and this led eventually to fascism and the holocaust.
    In the 20th century 33 American states had sterilisation programs in force and about 65,000 Americans were sterilized to prevent them multiplying. So the ideas of Mr Nehlen have a good historical background , and of course we have been selectively breeding animals from the year dot. It also fits in with the tribal mentality which is far more widespread than we care to admit— we take care of our own.
    Perhaps the ultimate idea of total depravity is preached by the Christians who claim to believe in Calvinism although many Christians believe man is totally depraved.
    My own view is that we are involved in an internal battle between conscience and desire and it has been raging ever since we began to examine our own actions and judge them.

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  4. Another scary guy on a motorbike! Yikes!!! – I know I am repeating myself, but where do they all come from? Is there a nest somewhere? I am not really fond of Ryan, but he is pure gold against this one!

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    • They slither out from under the rocks hat Trump & Co have turned over, and unfortunately they reproduce, so they will not all fit back under the rocks and they will overflow the nation, the oceans, the earth!!!! Oops … I may have gotten a bit carried away there. 😉

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  5. In 1755 business left Boston with a few navel ships and rounded up the Acadians that had settled in what was to become Canada/Nova Scotia. It’s said that they wanted to take the land from those farmers and in so doing rounded them up and took them to Louisiana.

    Well in my view and it’s just an opinion BIG BUSINESS/Players are in Washington to do the same. The Have’s still want everything the Have not’s have and they still want them in slavery. But like I said It’s just my opinion.

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    • You’ll get no argument from me on that one!!! More and more I think that the politicos see us as tools to be used to enhance their own wealth in whatever way possible. 👿 Hence, the ‘dumbing down’ of America, the failures of our education system to teach young people to think for themselves. Much to think about here …

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