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Alt-Right Candidate Paul Nehlen Threatens ADL

Paul Nehlen, the “alt-right” congressional candidate who has associated himself with white supremacists and published lists of his Jewish critics, is now targeting the Anti-Defamation League.

Nehlen, who had been accused by the ADL of “spewing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and unapologetically racist jargon,” is now vowing to go after the organization, presumably after being elected to Congress after defeating Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in his Wisconsin district’s Republican primary.

In an interview with the internet show Red Ice TV, which is known for hosting white supremacists and anti-Semites, Nehlen argued that the ADL’s criticism against him and his candidacy amounted to a breach of its tax-exempt status.

“I’m going to put an end to the ADL’s 501(c)3 status,” he said, referring to the section in the U.S. tax code providing exemptions for charities that do not involve themselves in political campaigns. “Mark my words, they are gonna be be sorry that they came after me because I will never, ever back down.”

An ADL spokesperson said in response: “For over a century, ADL has fought anti-Semitism and hate wherever the source, and we will continue to do so.”

Contact Nathan Guttman at guttman@forward.com or on Twitter @nathanguttman

Alt-Right Candidate Paul Nehlen Threatens ADL

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