There seems to be a recurring theme coming from these fringe Republican anti-establishment types running for office — white nationalists really seem to have taken a liking to them. Donald Trump constantly retweets anti-Semites and White Supremacists on his Twitter feed and now the state Senator who is running for Sen. John McCain’s U.S. Senate seat has done it.
AZ Senator Kelli Ward recently retweeted a user who posts pro-Nazi, anti-semitic and White Nationalist propaganda on Twitter. Her first clue to check the account before replying probably was the user’s name: Anglo Von [email protected]_88. The number ’88’ stands for “Heil Hitler” and an Odalist is one who worships Norse Gods but also believes there are differences between races and holds intense loyalty to one’s race, culture or nation.
Here are some examples of the user’s most recent tweets. It’s not like they’re buried or even subtle, it’s a straight up pro-Nazi account.
Where Dr. Ward comes in is when the user quoted her Tweet talking about an article in Salon, Dr. Ward replied to the anti-Semite, tweeting:
When asked why she would respond to the user, Ward herself didn’t respond but her communication’s director did. Stephen Sebastian from the Ward campaign said:
“She doesn’t have the time to go through every tweet from every single person out of 15,000 that have ever connected with her.”
But when you’re a public figure trying to get on the federal mainstage and your primary election is weeks away, it’s probably a good idea to spend a little extra time vetting those you interact with. Within two seconds of searching the @Odalist_88 account, it was obvious that it belonged to an anti-Semitic white nationalist. And isn’t it common knowledge that when you see the terms “Anglo” “88” appearing together, you can bet it’s a White Supremacist?
To prove Ward wasn’t a White Supremacist, she sent a picture of her family which included her black stepmom (seen in the video below). But that’s kind of like the old joke that Fox News isn’t racist but is number one with racists, isn’t it?
But the Tweet isn’t where the story ends. The Daily Beast reported that Dr. Ward sought financial donations from another White Nationalist. When the man told her he was a White Nationalist, rather than say, “Thanks, but no thanks,” Ward told him she would get back to him later. The Senate candidate also publicly defended Donald Sterling after his racist comments surfaced and he received a lifetime ban from the NBA. And even worse, she associated herself with Milo Yiannopolous who was booted from Twitter after viciously cyberbullying SNL actress Leslie Jones.
And by “diversity of thought” she means abusive, hateful people with a huge social media following shouldn’t be silenced from harassing and threatening innocent people on Twitter. It’s not just one case of oopsie! It’s a repeated case of siding with hateful, racist, bigoted people.
Ward is McCain’s biggest challenger is the Arizona primary for his Senate seat. Currently, new polling has her at 45 percent to McCain’s 36 percent if the election were to be held today. This is certainly the so-callled “Trump effect” the GOP presidential candidate is having on political races — establishment types are falling behind, and those running radical campaigns, who are well-liked by hateful, racist, xenophobic people are en vogue.
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