A North Carolina General Assembly candidate has come under fire after a website linked to his campaign argued that God is a racist white supremacist and that Jews are descended from Satan. Russell Walker is a Republican candidate running for state House District 48. Following news of the controversy, the Republican Party officially withdrew its support for Walker earlier this week.
“Based on recent behavior and previous statements, the North Carolina Republican Party is unable and unwilling to support the Republican nominated candidate for North Carolina House District 48,” GOP chairman Robin Hayes said in a statement Tuesday, according to the Charlotte Observer. “The NCGOP along with our local parties in Hoke, Scotland and Robeson Counties will be spending our time and resources supporting Republican candidates that better reflect the values of our party.”
Walker has yet to address the controversy himself. “What is wrong with being a white supremacist? God is a racist and a white supremacist,” the website connected to the candidate reportedly says. “Someone or group has to be supreme and that group is the whites of the world … someone or something has to be inferior … In all history in sub-Saharan Africa, no two-story building or a waterproof boat was ever made.”
Walker has taken a distinct dislike to local North Carolina local newspaper, the Hoke County News-Journal, for refusing to print his letters to the editor.
Ken MacDonald, the paper’s editor, said the candidate has been known to stand outside their offices, branding signs that declare: “What is wrong with being a racist” and “God is racist.”
Another post on the website, which is alleged to belong to him, states: “MLK wanted to destroy the Caucasian race through mixing and integration. He was an agent of Satan.”
Last year, Walker filed a lawsuit to keep Confederate flags and portraits of Confederate generals in a South Carolina courtroom. After his case was dismissed, he again used racial slurs against the iconic civil rights leader:
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“The North Carolina Republican House Caucus and our members will not support Mr. Walker’s campaign given his comments and actions,” said Rep. John Szoka, N.C. House Republican Caucus conference chairman in a statement Wednesday. “While Mr. Walker won the Republican primary, his rhetoric and actions have no place in the Republican Party, and he should strongly consider withdrawing his candidacy.”
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an anonymous source within the North Carolina GOP said Walker espoused “repugnant views about race” and that state party leaders requested he step down from the race.
Despite the pulling of party support, Walker remains a candidate and cannot be removed from the November ballot paper.