“Stewart’s neo-Confederate sympathies and his support for white supremacists, including those behind the ‘Unite the Right’ rally, apparently aren’t disqualifying,” Princeton history professor Kevin Kruse said in an email. “Stewart is—perhaps with the exception of Trump himself—the highest level nominee with such views.”
The racist rot of the Republican Party is not a new phenomenon. Steve King has been a GOP congressman for 15 years, and on Tuesday he promoted an actual neo-Nazi on Twitter. King’s office told me that they had no comment on the tweet, which is still up on King’s Twitter page as of this writing.
So far, no Republican Congressional leaders have condemned King for his tweet. And the last time he made statements about immigration and white birth rates, he told the Hill that his colleagues were “patting me on the back” for the comments. It’s a claim that’s become less outlandish with time.