Republicans are denouncing a U.S. House candidate from California who is campaigning as an alleged Holocaust denier with “anti-Semitic and racist writings” on his website.
John Fitzgerald, a candidate for the House seat in the state’s 11th congressional district, earned 23 percent of the vote in the June primary. But the California Republican Party is distancing itself after his beliefs came to light.
What does he believe?
On his website, Fitzgerald states that he believes Jews “exploited the 9/11 attacks, that they control the U.S. media and banks, that they seek to dilute races and that the extermination of 6 million Jews by Nazi Germany was made up.”
One of the statements on Fitzgerald’s website reads:
“I hope all of you ask yourselves why powerful JEWS are primarily behind the push of multiculturalism, diversity and inclusiveness throughout the United States, Europe and other once predominantly white nations of the world and WHY many of our politicians allowing them to do so has led to rape and crime epidemics in its aftermath.”
A joint statement released by the California GOP and the Jewish Coalition states:
As always, California Republicans reject anti-Semitism, and all forms of religious bigotry, in the harshest terms possible. We reject John Fitzgerald’s campaign and encourage all voters to do the same.
That does not appear to be a deterrent to Fitzgerald.
He reportedly appeared on a so-called neo-Nazi radio program last week, and claimed that everything we’ve been told about the Holocaust is a lie.
“My entire campaign, for the most part, is about exposing this lie,” Fitzgerald said.
How did he advance?
The state’s Republican Party automatically endorsed Mr. Fitzgerald in March due to party rules. According to the rules, the only Republican candidate is automatically backed, said Matt Fleming, a spokesman for the California Republican Party. In May, the party reversed its decision with a statement against Fitzgerald.
Fleming said the party’s “minimal vetting” allowed Fitzgerald to advance this far and the party plans to rectify the situation.