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Paul Ryan primary challenger to NY Post columnist: 'Eat a bullet'

Paul Ryan primary challenger to NY Post columnist: 'Eat a bullet'
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa MORE's (R-Wis.) GOP primary challenger told a columnist in a tweet he should "eat a bullet."

The tweet came after Paul Nehlen — a far-right conservative who has a history of controversial statements — initially posted a video on Twitter earlier this week regarding legislation the House passed that would allow people to use permits for carrying concealed handguns across state lines while also boosting the background check system.

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New York Post columnist John Podhoretz responded to one of Nehlen's tweets, saying: “Maybe you should eat something. Your brain needs nourishment. It’s the size of a pea."

Nehlen then shot back at the columnist.

“Do us all a favor, Podhoretz. Eat a bullet," he tweeted.

Nehlen later responded again to the tweet with what appeared to be an advertisement for a food called the "Boston bullet."

Nehlen badly lost a primary challenge to Ryan in 2016. During the campaign, he criticized Ryan, saying he has "hijacked this great country of ours."

He has also in the past said he supports a surveillance program for Muslims, saying in a past interview "we should be monitoring every mosque."

Ryan's campaign spokesman, Kevin Seifert, said in response to the tweets that it is the "latest embarrassing controversy that Paul Nehlen has created for himself," according to The Associated Press.