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GOP congressional candidate Paul Nehlen banned from Twitter for racist image

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Twitter confirmed on Monday that it has permanently banned Republican congressional candidate Paul Nehlen for posting a racist image directed at Meghan Markle, the fiancee of Britain’s Prince Harry.

The offending tweet, posted by Nehlen on Friday, included an image of the royal prince next to Markle, whose face was superimposed with a picture of the reconstructed visual of “Cheddar Man,” Newsweek reported. Cheddar Man is the name given to the oldest complete skeleton found in Britain; researchers say he had dark skin and dark hair.

Nehlen is running to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who he ran against in 2016 with the support of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. The caption of Nehlen’s Markle tweet reportedly said, “Honey, does this tie make my face look pale?”

Users slammed Nehlen for the racist image. Actor Patrick J. Adams, who co-starred with Markle on the legal drama Suits, called Nehlen a “sad and sick man with no sense of shame or class.”

Nehlen defended his post with another tweet saying he was making a joke about articles that “‘science’ to ‘prove’ whites never existed.”

Twitter confirmed to Newsweek on Monday that Nehlen had been permanently suspended “for repeated violations of our terms of service.”

Nehlen has repeatedly been condemned as a white nationalist and “outrage artist.” Last month, Nehlen was criticized for anti-Semitism after he made a list of people who he said “attacked” him and classified each person as “Jew” or “non-Jew.”

H/T Huffington Post

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.