Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Paul Ryan challenger Paul Nehlen's Twitter account suspended after anti-Semitic tweets

Paul Ryan challenger Paul Nehlen's Twitter account suspended after anti-Semitic tweets

Social media giant Twitter has permanently suspended the account of a GOP congressional candidate after he tweeted a racist image targeting royal bride-to-be Meghan Markle. Paul had shared an image of Meghan Markle with a superimposed picture of Cheddar Man onto her face - the oldest skeleton to be found in the United Kingdom by scientists at the Natural History Museum who was revealed to have dark skin.

Markle's Suits co-star Patrick J. Adams came to his colleague's defense, calling the politician "sad and sick" for his actions.

The tweet had an edited version of one of Markle and Prince Harry's engagement photos. "Don't go anywhere near MM - she's got more power, strength, honor and compassion in her fingernail than you'll ever know in this lifetime".

Cheddar Man, who lived 10,000 years ago and whose skeleton was discovered in 1903 in a cave in Cheddar Gorge in Somerset, England, had brown hair, blue eyes and "dark to black skin".

He captioned the image: "Honey does this tie make my face look pale?"

"Way above your weight class".

Prominent white nationalist media figures and others who lurk in the racist cesspools of the internet mourned Nehlen's Twitter ban in a variety of ways that included Twitter campaigns and ramblings about an alleged Jewish conspiracy to censor conservatives.

Nehlen is running to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who he ran against in 2016 with the support of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

"Publishing an article *disappearing whites* or *dispossessing whites* of their homelands is wrong; made worse when claiming "science" to "prove" whites never existed". "I made a joke of it. It's not a laughing matter, so I chose to laugh about it", he wrote.

Nehlen "has spent months curating an image of a sometimes ironic, but most certainly honest, white nationalist willing to say things meant to push populist nationalism into the discourse", writes the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Republican challenger is known for his controversial statements, particularly on Twitter. The findings suggest lighter skin pigmentation now seen as typical of northern Europeans is far more recent than previously thought.

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