A Republican Senate candidate in California who is adamantly anti-Semitic was kicked out of the state’s GOP convention on Saturday while desecrating an Israeli flag. While being escorted out of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel, Patrick Little was seen kicking and dragging an Israeli flag, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Republican officials reportedly recognized Little’s name and alerted security to his presence. The executive director of the California Republican Party, Cythia Bryant, told reporters that Little was not welcome at the annual convention.
“There’s no room for that kind of hate speech that that man uses,” Bryant said.
Later in a YouTube video, Little confirmed that he was booted from the event and could be seen spitting and standing on the Israeli flag. The video was removed from YouTube for violating it’s policy on hate speech. He has publicly denied that millions of Jews were killed in the Holocaust and called for a country “free from Jews.” Little has declared his admiration for Adolf Hitler.
“They just had me expelled from the building because I won’t serve Israel,” Little said.
The California Republican Party denounced Little who is a self-described “pro-white” candidate earlier this week.
“Mr. Little has never been an active member of our party. I do not know Mr. Little and I am not familiar with his positions,” Matt Fleming, communications director for the California Republican Party, said. “But in the strongest terms possible, we condemn anti-Semitism and any other form of religious bigotry, just as we do with racism, sexism or anything else that can be construed as a hateful point of view.”
Despite Little’s extremist views, he is polling higher than other Republican candidates. In fact, he is the second highest polling candidate. Little is only behind the incumbent senator, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), according to CBS News San Francisco.
Can a candidate who admires Adolf Hitler be elected in California, it remains to be seen.