- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Republican running for the North Carolina General Assembly lost his state party’s support this week after his past offensive statements about blacks and Jews came to light.

A website connected to Russell Walker, who defeated fellow Republican John W. Imbaratto in the May primary, asks, “What is wrong with being a white supremacist?” and claims “the Jews are not Semitic they are Satanic as they all descend from Satan,” The News & Observer reported.

Another post on the website reportedly says Martin Luther King Jr. “wanted to destroy the Caucasian race through mixing and integration. He was an agent of Satan.”

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday that Mr. Walker notoriously slurred MLK as “Martin Luther Coon” during an interview with the news media last year in South Carolina.

“It was an accident,” Mr. Walker explained Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the North Carolina Republican Party withdrew its support for Mr. 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. “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.”

“The party did ask him to step aside so we could replace him with a more appropriate candidate, and he declined to do so,” state GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse told The Fayetteville Observer.

On his campaign website, Mr. Walker says he doesn’t think it should be legal for people to be fired for “off-work comments or actions,” The News & Observer notes.

“What people do away from work is their business and not that of their employer,” he wrote.

Mr. Walker will face off against incumbent Democrat Garland Pierce, a black minister, in November.

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