Nehlen — who is running against House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in a Republican primary this summer — ran a Twitter group chat where he rallied white nationalists to attack his opponents, BuzzFeed News reported. One of Nehlen’s stated adversaries was the “Jewish media,” who he believed had “coordinated” to smear him after he lost the support of Breitbart News for sending tweets about white pride.
Nehlen’s list of targets included conservative personality John Cardillo, author Kurt Schlichter, and former Boston Red Sox pitcher turned Breitbart radio host Curt Schilling. All three men, BuzzFeed News notes, are conservatives who distanced themselves from Nehlen. The candidate turned to his Twitter group to ask for some backup, writing, “Cardillo and others like him are working for Jewish media. Then, there are the fake conservatives who happen to be Jewish.”
Sources who spoke to BuzzFeed News said that “such requests were common” from Nehlen. One of the group chat’s most notable participants is Richard Spencer ally Eli Mosley, who heads a white nationalist group of his own called Identify Evropa, BuzzFeed News points out. Mosley is a polarizing figure even among white nationalists, as many reportedly think he sparked the violence at last year’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a woman was killed by a white nationalist.