Republican White Supremacist Seeks To Primary Paul Ryan

Paul Nehlen is well-known in alt-right circles and considers Steve Bannon a friend.

Having unsuccessfully gone after House Speaker Paul Ryan's seat in 2016, Paul Nehlen announced earlier this year that he will attempt to primary Ryan again in 2018. Nehlen is well known in alt-right and white supremacist circles, and he is someone who calls Breitbart's Steve Bannon a 'friend'.

According to Huff Post, Nehlen would not answer as to whether or not he considers himself a white nationalist, dodging or ignoring their question each of three times. But Nehlen has a history of saying and sharing both implicit and explicit white nationalist sentiments and materials.

On the night of Aug. 11, when neo-Nazis and other assorted racists marched with tiki torches through Charlottesville, Virginia, Nehlen retweeted an image of the march posted by white nationalist Jason Kessler: “Incredible moment for white people who’ve had it up to here & aren’t going to take it anymore. Tomorrow we #UnitetheRight #Charlottesville.”

Nehlen's campaign announcement in June garnered support from the alt-right publication Breitbart, where columnist Matthew Boyle joined Nehlen in criticizing establishment Republicans - specifically Paul Ryan - for not supporting Trump.

“Speaker Ryan didn’t help Mr. Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, and even pledged not to defend the president,” Nehlen said in his announcement. “But I have a message for Speaker Ryan: The American people are not done fighting for President Trump’s good agenda. That’s why I am announcing my second challenge to Paul Ryan for the nomination in Wisconsin’s first congressional district.”