GOP candidate drops out of congressional race after calling himself a 'white nationalist'

Nicholas Wu

A Republican congressional candidate in Georgia has dropped out of the congressional race after calling himself a "white nationalist."

Donnie Bolena, a longshot candidate running to challenge Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Ga., said in a 22-minute long Facebook video that the local Fulton County Republican Party had pressured him to exit the race, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Two days before he posted the video on August 10, Bolena had called himself a "white nationalist," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Bolena doubled down on his remarks in the video and discussed the post he had previously made.

“I said I was a proud white nationalist," he said while wearing a red Trump hat. "Due to the shootings that happened in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, I was very aggravated and very mad at the way the liberal media comes after conservatives. It comes after our Second Amendment.”

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Bolena said that the chair of the party had approached Bolena about leaving, though the Fulton County Republican Party did not respond to USA TODAY's requests for comment.

“I said this to the chairman when I talked to him this morning. I said, I am so sick of being attacked for being white. Why are white people apologizing for being white?...I don’t see no black people out there apologizing for being black. And I don’t see no Asian people out there apologizing for being Asian. I don’t get it."

Bolena argued that he "wanted to be a guy with a voice for the people" and make it "okay if you want to be a nationalist."

He made a Facebook post on Wednesday saying that "I don't think White Nationalist are the problem," along with an article from a far-right outlet about shootings in Chicago.

"Yet all we Here [sic] is about White Nationalist? I don’t think White Nationalist are the problem, I think we all know what the real problem is now don’t we? Yet, not a word about this in the Lame Stream Media. Just another day at the office right," he wrote.

Later Wednesday, it appeared that Bolena had left the Republican Party.

He posted about his formation of a new political party, the "Ultra Conservative Party."

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