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Bannon cuts ties with Ryan challenger after inflammatory tweets

Bannon cuts ties with Ryan challenger after inflammatory tweets
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Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon and his conservative outlet, Breitbart News, have cut ties with a far-right activist challenging Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell: 'Whoever gets to 60 wins' on immigration Overnight Defense: Latest on spending fight - House passes stopgap with defense money while Senate nears two-year budget deal | Pentagon planning military parade for Trump | Afghan war will cost B in 2018 House passes stopgap spending measure with defense money MORE (R-Wis.) in 2018 after the candidate posted several controversial tweets

“Nehlen is dead to us,” Arthur Schwartz, a Bannon adviser, told CNN on Wednesday regarding Wisconsin congressional candidate Paul Nehlen (R).

“We don’t support him,” Breitbart editor Joel Pollak tweeted late Tuesday. “He’s disqualified himself.”

Bannon has in the past supported anti-establishment Republican candidates, including Alabama Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreDNC vice chairman to RNC spokeswoman: 'You endorsed an alleged pedophile' Doug Jones hoping Trump delivers ‘presidential address’ instead of campaign speech Rep. Joe Kennedy looks to raise profile with Trump response MORE, who lost the state's special election to Democrat Doug Jones.

Nehlen on Saturday tweeted an illustration showing three Christian crosses with signs reading "No it's not," "It's okay to be white" and "No it's not." The cross in the middle of the image was meant to represent Jesus Christ.

The meme originated on the messaging board 4chan, a forum that attracts neo-Nazis.

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Nehlen then shared Tuesday that he is reading “The Culture of Critique,” a book about Jewish involvement in political movements that is considered by many to be anti-Semitic.

Nehlen has made controversial statements in the past, including when he told a New York Post columnist earlier this month to "eat a bullet," after the writer told him his brain needed nourishment. 

Nehlen challenged Ryan last year and lost by 68 points.

Speculation has swirled that Ryan will retire in 2018, though he has denied such reports.