A North Carolina state House of Representatives candidate who recently won the Republican primary has claimed Jews are satanic, U.S. soldiers are being poisoned by the government and that God is a white supremacist.
Russell Walker, the Republican candidate for House District 48's Scotland and Hoke counties, lost the support of the North Carolina Republican Party this week after being tied to several racist and bizarre claims. Walker's personal campaign website and Facebook pages tied to him espouse his belief in white supremacy and what he sees as the Christian Bible's support for the white race above all others. Walker has filed lawsuits to keep Confederate symbols in public places as well as against the Hoke County News-Journal for refusing to publish his conspiratorial letters to the editor.
After being linked to years of bizarre and racist behavior, the North Carolina GOP officially severed ties with the lone Republican candidate on the ballot in the upcoming November election. Walker, who owns property in Aberdeen, will face Democratic incumbent Garland Pierce, an African-American minister.
"Based on recent behavior and previous statements, the North Carolina Republican Party is unable and unwilling to support the Republican nominated candidate for North Carolina House District 48," GOP chairman Robin Hayes said in a statement provided to the Charlotte Observer Tuesday. "The NCGOP along with our local parties in Hoke, Scotland and Robeson Counties will be spending our time and resources supporting Republican candidates that better reflect the values of our party."
Walker's website that touts his candidacy for the North Carolina General Assembly suggests a wide variety of claims about race, Jews and the Bible. "What is wrong with being a white supremacist? God is a racist and a white supremacist," reads one segment. "Someone or group has to be supreme and that group is the whites of the world.… There is no such thing as equality. Someone or something has to be superior and someone and something has to be inferior."
Walker is behind several lawsuits against Tyton NC Biofuels, an ethanol plant, and a civil rights case to abolish "at-large" voting. Walker complains that because the Hoke County News-Journal has not published his letters or reported on his actions, he also filed a lawsuit against the paper. The newspaper's editor, Ken MacDonald, wrote a front page piece in January about Walker's frequent protests in front of the paper's Raeford office as well as his numerous "frivolous" lawsuits.
"The guy protesting outside our building last Wednesday with signs that read, 'God is racist,' and 'What's wrong with being racist?' says he'll be back with new signs. So instead of ignoring him, I think there's a need to at least explain his presence," wrote MacDonald.
In 2017, Walker's lawsuit to keep Confederate flags and portraits of Confederate generals in South Carolina courtrooms was dismissed by a York judge. As he was leaving the courtroom, Walker compared his Confederacy heritage to the way women feel about abortions or how black people think of Martin Luther King Jr., who he referred to with a racial slur. "Should I rip the signs down or insist that they take Martin Luther King street down or the rest of that stuff?" Walker asked reporters. "That's a public thing I don't necessarily agree with it but that's just the way it is. You had people in Baltimore a couple nights ago rip down a statue of Christopher Columbus. When is it going to end? We're going to go after Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and everything else," he exclaimed.
Walker touts that the National Rifle Association has given him an "A" rating for his strong support of the Second Amendment, although the NRA does not list him. He has written at length about biblical conspiracies, including that "the Jews are not Semitic they are satanic as they all descend from Satan... God made the races and he is the greatest racist ever."
Walker writes that he is a former chemical engineer and graduated from the Stevens Institute of Technology in 1964. Walker defeated Republican candidate John Imaratto in the primary, amassing nearly two-thirds of the vote.
Walker compared Democratic incumbent Garland Pierce to Russian President Vladimir Putin as two career politicians on his website. He urged the people of North Carolina to vote a Republican into the state legislature because "Pierce has absolutely no influence in the Republican super majority (76-44) House...Pierce is like wallpaper. He looks good, is there, but is absolutely useless. Tell me one good thing Pierce has done in 14 years. A Republican in a Republican legislature is going to have more influence rather than a member of the opposition. If the Republicans lose their veto proof majority then there will be a stalemate at best in North Carolina government and nothing will change."