If you ever wondered how if even Breitbart.com had a limit to its willingness to back Paul Nehlen, you now know the answer.
After a week in which Nehlen; an Alt-Right darling, was littering his Twitterfeed with more and more off-the-wall tweets, the website which helped make him a national name has announced it has cut ties with him. In a story first published on CNN.com, associates of Breitbart and Steve Bannon, confirmed they have severed all ties with Nehlen.
Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon has cut ties with Paul Nehlen, the far-right activist who is challenging Paul Ryan for his congressional seat and who has received extremely favorable coverage from Breitbart in the past.
“Nehlen is dead to us,” said Arthur Schwartz, an adviser of Bannon’s who is familiar with the former White House chief strategist’s thinking.
Nehlen, who became a lightning rod for his anti-immigrant views, has escalated his rhetoric in recent days with a number of incendiary tweets.
In one tweet, Nehlen proudly revealed that he is reading “The Culture of Critique,” a book about Jewish culture widely considered to be anti-semitic. In other tweets, he has used the “#ItsOkayToBeWhite” hashtag.
The inflammatory online activity has drawn fierce scrutiny from Nehlen’s critics, and beckoned the question whether Breitbart, which previously published highly supportive coverage of his candidacy, still supported him.
In 2016, Nehlen challenged Speaker Ryan in the Republican primary in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District. When all was said and done, Ryan crushed Nehlen by a margin of 84 percent to 16 percent. Since then, Nehlen has started his own super PAC in support of President Donald Trump and announced a second bid to challenge Ryan in 2018.
He was also recently seen earlier this month speaking at a rally for Roy Moore during the Alabama Senate run-off.
Beyond cutting off all ties with Nehlen, Breitbart looks as if it will ban Nehlen from publishing anything at its website and has purged its archives of all previous articles he has authored.
Nehlen, who previously published material on Breitbart, has seen his author page scrubbed entirely from the far-right website. Moreover, Joel Pollak, a senior editor at Breitbart, publicly denounced Nehlen on Twitter.
“We don’t support him,” Pollak tweeted late Tuesday night, adding that Nehlen had “disqualified” himself.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Breitbart had not denounced Nehlen on its website. A Google search returned no articles this week about Nehlen’s latest tweets or statements.
Neither a spokesperson for Bannon nor Breitbart responded to a request for comment.
Reached for comment, Nehlen told CNN, “Putting America First above all other nations, such as being pro-wall and for freedom of lawful speech, has brought a coordinated attack by globalists from both parties; nevertheless I will continue to stand strong against anti-American sentiment, however it manifests.”
Where Nehlen goes after being deemed “Too Crazy for Breitbart” is anyone’s guess, but it is unlikely to be a boon to his fund raising numbers. In October, Media Trackers reported on how his prior avenues of money had begun to dry up and his campaign was having a hard time financially.