A black Minnesota Republican called out racist comments made by a talk radio host-turned-GOP candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jason Lewis is seeking the state's GOP endorsement for Minnesota's Second Congressional District, but a fellow Republican said his white supremacist views should knock him out of the running, reported the Star Tribune.
Chris Fields, deputy chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota, pointed to numerous comments made by Lewis on his KTLK-AM program and in his 2010 book, Power Divided Is Power Checked: The Argument for States' Rights.
Lewis complained in 2009 that "real Americans" think Hurricane Katrina victims were "a bunch of whiners," and he said last year that "the median income for blacks in America would make them rich in most African nations, not most - all."
The Republican candidate also warned in 2012 that the "white population" would be "committing political suicide" and "committing cultural suicide" if U.S. whites did not raise their birth rate in comparison to other racial groups.
Those ideas echo "white genocide" fears promoted by white supremacist groups.
Lewis, who has argued that legal same-sex marriage violates his own constitutional rights, said the federal government lacked the authority to outlaw slavery.
“In fact, if you really want to be quite frank about it, how does somebody else owning a slave affect me?” Lewis said in audio commentary added to his book. “It doesn’t. If I don’t think it is right, I won’t own one, and people always say, ‘Well, if you don’t want to marry somebody of the same sex, you don’t have to, but why tell somebody else they can’t?’ Uh, you know if you don’t want to own a slave, don’t. But don’t tell other people they can’t.”
He also said on his radio program in 2012 that women were “simply ignorant of the important issues in life,” and he said young women, in particular, were "non-thinking."
The broadcaster dramatically quit his radio program in 2014 by "going Galt," based on the philosophies of Ayn Rand, to promote a parody video he produced to protest taxes.
Lewis shrugged off criticism of his views by saying "liberal reporters and politicians" simply didn't appreciate his "bluntness."
"Provocative comments like that demonstrate ignorance, a lack of sensitivity, and they exacerbate the racial divisions in America," Fields said.
Fields said those views contradicted what he believed to be shared Republican values.
Lewis has repeatedly said during his campaign that he stands by his past controversial statements.
Fields admitted he lacked the authority to stop Lewis from campaigning, but he urged voters to reject him.
"Republicans in the Second Congressional District have a wide array of candidates that share their values and are capable of winning in November," Fields said.
Listen to Lewis quit his radio program live on air in 2014 to promote a parody film about taxes: