The tidal wave of alt-right hate-activism unleashed by Donald Trump's presidential campaign is poised to reach the ballot box this year.
At the fringe of midterm elections which could determine America's direction for years to come - and perhaps the future of the nation as a democracy - are candidates who include full-bore American Nazis, white supremacists, avowed Jew-haters and Holocaust deniers, as well as more conventional contenders who have publicly shown sympathy for bigots.
Here are three of the worst:
PATRICK LITTLE, Republican of California. Neo-Nazi.
Candidate for U.S. Senate, possible contender for November election facing Democratic incumbent Diane Feinstein.
Self-described on the California primary ballot as a "Civil Rights Advocate," Little, endorsed by former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, has declared that he wants to see a future United States "free from Jews."
“I propose a government that makes counter-Semitism central to all aims of the state,” Little has written on the Gab social network, where "counter-Semitism" is used as a white nationalist euphemism for hatred of Jews.
A government, he continued, "1. Of a people, for that people, free from Jews. 2. That cannot revoke the right to bear arms, such that this people can remain free from Jews. 3. That forbids all immigration except of biological kin, where no person of Jewish origin may live, vacation or traverse.”
Last week, in a robocall campaign, a recorded voice implored potential voters "to rid America of the traitorous Jews like Dianne Feinstein, vote for Patrick Little for U.S. Senator for California."
"He's going to get rid of all the nation-wrecking Jews from our country, starting with Israeli Citizen Dianne Feinstein," the voice said.
Little has praised Adolf Hitler, denied the Holocaust, and argued for deporting Jews to Israel, by force if necessary.
He also has appeared to advocate for the extermination of Jews.
In fact, he told the Bay Area Jewish J Weekly this month, that the Auschwitz concentration camp was a country club at which Jews lived in style. “They had ice cream, swimming pools, orchestras, plays, they had soccer fields, soccer teams. They even had a whorehouse!” he exclaims. “I mean, shit, I’d like to take a vacation at Auschwitz.”
CHANCE OF SUCCESS: An April poll shocked Californians when it
showed Little coming in second to Feinstein ahead of the state's June 5 primary.
The veteran Feinstein took 39 percent of the overall vote in the poll, with Little beating all other Republican challengers with 18 percent, a full 10 percentage points ahead of his nearest GOP rival.
California GOP officials, meanwhile, have thoroughly disavowed the Little candidacy. State GOP spokesman Matt Fleming has strongly condemned the robocall effort and Little's views, calling them "so the opposite of what we believe in."
Although he may well win the June win the right to face Feinstein on the November ballot, Little's ultimate chances of winning the Senate seat in overwhelmingly Democratic California are, thankfully, seen as on the None side of SLIM TO NONE.
PAUL NEHLEN, Republican of Wisconsin Virulent alt-right white supremacist, self-described "pro-White Christian American candidate" endorsed by neo-Nazis and non-aligned anti-Semites.
Candidate for the state's 1st Congressional district, to replace retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Nehlen's views are so intensely anti-Semitic, racist, Islamophobic and xenophobic, that far-right icons Steve Bannon and Breitbart News, who supported Nehlen in an unsuccessful 2016 run against Ryan, have rescinded their endorsements.
In February, Nehlen was banned from Twitter after he posted an image of Meghan Markle with her then-fiance Prince Harry, replacing her head with an image of a dark-skinned prehistoric man nicknamed Cheddar Man.
Nehlen has also spoken out in support of machine-gunning every Mexican who approaches the southern U.S. border.
“Armed machine gun turrets every 300 yards,” he told Duke's radio show in February. “And you can automate those. Anyone who approaches that barrier will be treated as an enemy combatant. Man, woman or child.”
Before he was banned from Twitter, he tweeted, “Poop, incest, and pedophilia. Why are those common themes repeated so often with Jews?"
On another occasion he called U.S. Senator Ted Cruz a "philo-Semitic rat fink."
CHANCE OF SUCCESS: Wisconsin GOP Chair Alec Zimmerman said in February that Nehlen “is not a member of the Republican Party of Wisconsin” and will not be. “Nehlen and his ideas have no place in the Republican Party,” Zimmerman said.
Nonetheless, Nehlen's candidacy for the August Wisconsin primary has gone forward, boosted by Ryan's April announcement that he would not seek re-election.
Analysts are divided about his chances, with some maintaining that if Nehlen were to win the Republican primary, his extremism would make it easier for the Democratic party to flip the district to their column. But others argue that in districts like Ryan's, a candidate with starkly extreme-right views could prove a winner.
If Nehlen should win the August GOP primary, one of his prospective Democratic opponents for November said last month, Republicans would likely shun Nehlen's extremism.
"I think it's interesting that there's a Nazi that's in the race," Randy Bryce, an iron worker running for the Democratic nomination, told Salon.
But, he said, "I don't think he's gonna be the Republican person that's going to be on the ballot in November."
Nehlen's chances? TOSS-UP.
ARTHUR J. JONES, Republican of Illinois. Nazi. Vocal Holocaust denier. Former head of the American Nazi Party. Celebrates Hitler's birthday. Klan sympathizer. Now head of his self-organized "America First Committee," a nod to aviator and Nazi-sympathizer Charles Lindbergh's pre-World War II isolationist group. Despite the group's name, Jones has disavowed his former support of Donald Trump, citing, among other factors, Trump's embrace of Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner.
In March, Jones won the Republican nod for Illinois' 3rd congressional district, running unopposed and garnering more than 20,000 votes.
A horrified Illinois Republican Party, keen to distance itself from Jones lest the party be seen as veering to the alt-right, declared that it would fight "vehemently" to see Jones defeated, throwing its support to an independent.
“Arthur Jones is not a real Republican — he is a Nazi whose disgusting, bigoted views have no place in our nation’s discourse,” state party chair Tim Schneider said in response to Jones' primary victory. Schneider implored voters “to skip over his name when they go to the polls.”
But the victory quickly gave Jones, who has addressed neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups while wearing a Nazi-like brown shirt uniform, a national media platform for his views, which include dismissing the Holocaust as "an international extortion racket” and the "blackest lie in history."
CHANCE OF SUCCESS: Democratic incumbent Dan Lipinski, who has represented the Chicago-based district since 2005, would seem to have a lock on victory in the Illinois 3rd, which has seen a Democrat win 24 of the last 25 elections. Jones' chances, we can all be relieved, are rated EFFECTIVELY ZERO.
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