The top challenger to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein in her upcoming re-election campaign is a candidate who has repeatedly espoused anti-Semitism and has been endorsed by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, a poll found last week.
The survey, conducted by SurveyUSA, found Feinstein leading the field with 39%. In second place is Republican Patrick Little with 18%, with other candidates trailing at 8% or fewer.
According to RightWingWatch, Little stated in a campaign video posted earlier this week that he “woke up to the Jewish question and dedicated my life to exposing these Jews that control our country.”
He also has written on Gab, a Twitter-like platform popular with white nationalists, that he is in favor of “a government that makes counter-Semitism central to all aims of the state,” which would be “free from Jews.”
Another Gab message called for a database of Jews because “when Israel is destroyed and the Zionist Occupied Governments of the west are overthrown, we’ll have to ensure that they aren’t hiding among us to subvert us again….There’s only 1 lawful punishment for high treason” — the death penalty.
The top-two votegetters regardless of party in the June 5 primary will advance to the general election in November.
Little would not be the first avowed anti-Semite to gain the Republican Party nomination — former American Nazi Party leader Arthur Jones won the GOP primary unopposed in a heavily Democratic congressional district in Illinois.
And after House Speaker Paul Ryan announced earlier this month that he would not seek another term in office, the remaining Republican candidate with the most campaign funds and name recognition was Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter for a series of anti-Semitic and racist messages.