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 RyanTrump once asked Paul Ryan why he couldn’t be ‘loyal': book AEI names Robert Doar as new president GOP can't excommunicate King and ignore Trump playing to white supremacy and racism 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 MooreHillicon Valley: Dem blasts groups behind Senate campaign disinformation effort | FCC chief declines to give briefing on location-data sales | Ocasio-Cortez tops lawmakers on social media | Trump officials to ease drone rules Domestic influence campaigns borrow from Russia’s playbook Jones asks federal officials to investigate misinformation campaign tactics in Alabama Senate race 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.