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Breitbart secretly deletes recent interview with openly racist congressional candidate – hopes nobody notices

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Breitbart News is covering up its recent promotion of an openly white nationalist and anti-Semitic congressional candidate, Paul Nehlen. Meanwhile, Joel Pollak, the site’s senior editor-at-large and frequent spokesman, is falsely claiming the site hasn’t covered him in “months.”

In reality, Nehlen’s public association with white nationalists dates back more than a year and was contemporaneous with Breitbart’s relentless promotion of his primary challenge to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

On December 18, just 10 days ago, Nehlen was a guest on a Breitbart radio show, Whatever It Takes with Curt Schilling. The interview was posted to Breitbart’s account on SoundCloud but quietly removed in the last few days.

In a clip of the Breitbart interview posted by Right Wing Watch, Nehlen explains that he has adopted increasingly radical positions to “move the Overton Window” to the right. Schilling, the Breitbart host, repeatedly voices agreement with the strategy.

In a clip of the Breitbart interview posted by Right Wing Watch, Nehlen explains that he has adopted increasingly radical positions to “move the Overton Window” to the right. Schilling, the Breitbart host, repeatedly voices agreement with the strategy.

The interview occurred weeks after Nehlen began regularly using the phrase “It’s OK to be white,” which has been adopted as a motto of white supremacists, including former KKK grand wizard David Duke.

Nehlen’s embrace of the white nationalist movement began much earlier. For at least six months, he has promoted his candidacy on Gab, a social media network that caters to white nationalists. Its app was banned by Google and Apple for hate speech. In a video published five months ago, Nehlen can be seen displaying a hand gesture popular with white nationalists. On his hand, he has written “Gab Fam.”

Four months ago, Nehlen reposted a message from Gab blasting Paul Ryan for criticizing the white supremacist march in Charlottesville that left a counter-protester dead.

On Twitter, at about the same time, Nehlen retweeted celebrations of the Charlottesville rally by its white supremacist organizers, including one calling it an “incredible moment for white people.”

All of this got plenty of attention at the time but didn’t stop Breitbart’s laudatory coverage of Nehlen’s campaign. An October 26, 2017, article about Nehlen criticizing Ryan’s position on DACA is virtually indistinguishable from a press release. A June article about Nehlen’s bid against Ryan in 2018 was bullish on his chances, even though he lost by more than 60 points in 2016. His early announcement “will give Nehlen an ability to build his name ID in the district, fundraise, and gain steam against the Speaker of the House,” Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle wrote.

The recent coverage is typical of Breitbart’s coverage over the last several years, much of which has been written by Boyle.

Nehlen was also an occasional opinion columnist at Breitbart until Breitbart disappeared his contributor page earlier this week. A cache of Nehlen’s page is here.

Pollak, appearing on the Jamie Weinstein podcast on December 21, was asked why Breitbart was supporting Nehlen, who Weinstein described as a “kook” and someone who is “certainly not denying he’s a white nationalist.” Weinstein also noted that Nehlen, earlier in December, had appeared on a white supremacist podcast called “‘Fash The Nation’ where they routinely ask about the Jewish question, the JQ as they call it.”

Pollak pleaded ignorance, saying that he had only seen something in his Twitter mentions about Nehlen’s “Fash the Nation” appearance and would look into it. “I probably shouldn’t talk about it because I just don’t know. But if he did that, it’s awful,” Pollak said.

But this wasn’t Nehlen’s first appearance on “Fash the Nation” — he also appeared on the program in December 2016.

The post Breitbart secretly deletes recent interview with openly racist congressional candidate – hopes nobody notices appeared first on True Share Daily.



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