An anti-Semitic Republican Senate candidate in California was booted from the state’s GOP convention Saturday while reportedly dragging and kicking an Israeli flag, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Patrick Little was reportedly seen being escorted out of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina after he tried to register as a VIP at the convention. Republican officials reportedly recognized Little’s name and alerted security to his presence.
Cynthia Bryant, the executive director of the California Republican Party, told the Times that Little was not welcome at the annual convention.
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“There’s no room for that kind of hate speech that that man uses,” Bryant said.
Little confirmed he was kicked out of the event in a YouTube video in which he is seen spitting and standing on the Israeli flag. The video has since been taken down by YouTube.
Little has denied that millions of Jews were killed in the Holocaust and called for a country “free from Jews.” He has also said he admires Adolf Hitler.
“They just had me expelled from the building because I won’t serve Israel,” Little said.
The party denounced Little, who is a self-described “pro-white” candidate, earlier this week.
“Mr. Little has never been an active member of our party. I do not know Mr. Little and I am not familiar with his positions,” Matt Fleming, communications director for the California Republican Party, told Newsweek. “But in the strongest terms possible, we condemn anti-Semitism and any other form of religious bigotry, just as we do with racism, sexism or anything else that can be construed as a hateful point of view.”
Despite his extremist views, Little is polling higher against other Republican candidates for incumbent Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Democrats demand Republican leaders examine election challenges after Georgia voting chaos GOP votes to give Graham broad subpoena power in Obama-era probe MORE’s (D-Calif.) seat.
According to CBS News San Francisco, Little is polling second to Feinstein.