NC GOP dis­avows can­di­date linked to racist web­site

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY AB­BIE BEN­NETT aben­[email protected]­sob­

A web­site tied to a can­di­date for the North Carolina Gen­eral Assem­bly says 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, which in­cludes Scot­land and Hoke coun­ties. Last week, the N.C. Repub­li­can Party with­drew its sup­port for Walker.

“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. “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 did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quests for com­ment on Wed­nes­day.

“What is wrong with be­ing a white su­prem­a­cist? God is a racist and a white su­prem­a­cist,” the web­site con­nected to Walker 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 writ­ten es­says and other ar­ti­cles on the site and has said it be­longs to him.

In a 2016 let­ter to the ed­i­tor in The High­lands News­pa­per of High­lands, Rus­sell Walker of Aberdeen re­ferred to the web­site and said it was his. Walker owns a house in Aberdeen, ac­cord­ing to pub­lic records.

The South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter said on Wed­nes­day that the web­site be­longs to Walker. The web­site do­main is reg­is­tered pri­vately. A Face­book page for Rus­sell Walker is the only ac­count fol­low­ing the web­site’s Face­book page.

Walker has car­ried signs dur­ing a protest out­side a North Carolina news­pa­per’s of­fice that said “What is wrong with be­ing a racist” and “God is racist,” the news­pa­per said.

Walker says on his cam­paign web­site that he is su­ing the Hoke County News-Jour­nal news­pa­per “be­cause they have re­fused to print any of my let­ters to the ed­i­tor.”

In Jan­uary, the ed­i­tor of the pa­per, Ken Mac­Don­ald, wrote on the front page that Walker holds fre­quent protests out­side the news­pa­per’s of­fice hold­ing up racist signs.

The web­site Walker says is his fea­tures racism, con­spir­acy the­o­ries and pseu­do­science, in­clud­ing:

“God made the races and he is the great­est racist ever.”

“What is wrong with be­ing a white su­prem­a­cist?”

“The Jews are not Semitic they are Sa­tanic as they all de­scend from Satan.”

An­other post on the web­site refers toMartin Luther King Jr. by a racial slur and adds, “MLK wanted to de­stroy the Cau­casian race through mix­ing and integration. He was an agent of Satan.”

Walker had not stepped down as a can­di­date as of Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon and can­not be forced off the Novem­ber bal­lot.

He faces in­cum­bent Demo­crat Gar­land Pierce, an African-Amer­i­can min­is­ter, in Novem­ber. In the Repub­li­can pri­mary, Walker de­feated John Imaratto with 824 votes, nearly 65 per­cent.

Walker says he is a chem­i­cal engi­neer and grad­u­ated from the Stevens In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in 1964. He says on his cam­paign web­site that his li­cense as a chem­i­cal engi­neer is “cur­rently in­ac­tive.”

Walker is “con­vinced that vac­ci­na­tions, espe­cially for young chil­dren, cre­ate a fa­vor­able cli­mate for Autism,” ac­cord­ing to his cam­paign web­site.

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