You may remember Russell Walker, the Republican candidate for the N.C. House in District 48 (which includes Scotland and Hoke counties).
He became a bit infamous in the run-up to last week’s election when it emerged he had written that “God is a racist and a white supremacist,” that “someone or group has to be supreme and that group is the whites of the world” and that Jews are descended from Satan.
His rhetoric was so hateful that he state Republican party disowned him. The party said he may have won with 65 percent in a low-turnout GOP primary but didn’t represent the party’s values.
In an irony that had to be particularly stinging for Walker, he lost last week to Garland Pierce – a Black minister. The result didn’t surprise many people – but the numbers Walker put up may.
Despite viral Internet infamy, cringing coverage of the race in the media and a condemnation from both the Southern Poverty Law Center and his own party, Walker got 8,586 votes according complete but unofficial results.
That should be shocking. Unfortunately, Walker is just one of a staggering number of white supremacists who decided this year was ripe for them to get into politics.