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‘Jews Must Be Stopped’: California GOP Congressional Candidate Robocall

Robocalls in support of California congressional candidate John Fitzgerald assert that Jews are taking over the world and ‘must be stopped.’

Robert Gammon, business development director for Telegraph Media, tweeted Tuesday that he received one of the calls from Fitzgerald, the GOP candidate for the 11th district. He said it was “easily the most racist political ad I’ve ever come across in the Bay Area.”

Fitzgerald openly denies the Holocaust. His campaign website includes false claims that 9% of U.S. government officials are dual citizens of Israel and that Jews played a “prominent role” in the African slave trade, and celebrates a “courageous” elderly German woman who was sentenced to two years in prison for denying the Holocaust.

“Why is the holocaust the ONLY historical issue that cannot be questioned without fear of fines and/or imprisonment in eighteen countries – and counting – throughout the world?” Fitzgerald wrote on May 16.

He won 24.8% percent of the vote to finish second in California’s “jungle” primary, in which the top two candidate from either party advance to the general election. He will face Democratic incumbent Rep. Mark DeSaulnier in November in the East Bay district, which Hillary Clinton carried by a hefty 47-point margin.

The state GOP says it is bound by its bylaws to endorse Fitzgerald, even though it says it denounces his views.

Alyssa Fisher is a news writer at the Forward. Email her at fisher@forward.com, or follow her on Twitter at @alyssalfisher

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