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Trump-backed Blake Masters rejects neo-Nazi site founder’s endorsement

Blake Masters, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate race from Arizona, on Friday rejected the endorsement of Andrew Anglin, the creator of the neo-Nazi blog site Daily Stormer.

“I’ve never heard of this guy and I reject his support. The reason I’ve never heard of him is because he’s nobody and nobody cares about him , except the media,” Masters told The Arizona Republic in a written statement. “They would like to build it in order to smear anyone who believes in common sense border security as some kind of ‘Nazi.’ won’t work.”

Masters, a venture capitalist who has long been associated with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, received backing from Anglin a week after winning former President Donald Trump’s coveted endorsement last month.

Anglin endorsed Masters on June 9 on his site.

“I can’t give a more forceful endorsement, and I demand that anyone in Arizona (who isn’t some sort of known neo-Nazi or whatever) get in touch with his campaign and see what kind of help he needs. “, Anglin wrote in an endorsement first reported by JewishInsider.

It is unclear when Masters learned of the neo-Nazi endorsement.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Daily Stormer, named after the Nazi newspaper Der Stürmer, is a neo-Nazi website that espouses anti-Semitic and white nationalist views. The organization cites many quotes from Anglin, including: “The day is coming when we will tear down the hoax (Holocaust) memorial in Berlin and replace it with a 300-meter-tall statue of Hitler.

Trump, who gave his Masters blessing on June 2, faced controversy over his handling of the murderous 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Moreover, in his first presidential debate against President Joe Biden, Trump did not clearly condemn the extremist group the Proud Boys.

Masters faces a packed field in the primary race to become the Republican Senate nominee. The other candidates are: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich; former solar director Jim Lamon; retired Arizona National Guard Adjutant General Michael “Mick” McGuire; and Arizona Corporation Commissioner Justin Olson.

The winner of the Aug. 2 GOP primary will face incumbent Senator Mark Kelly, D-Arizona, in the Nov. 8 general election.

Tara Kavaler is a political reporter at The Arizona Republic. She can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @kavalertara.