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This is a thread about the #racism problem in #UCP @Alberta_UCP. Genocide denier Paul Bunner, pictured below, is just the latest example of central members of the party who either hold racist views or associate with hardcore racists. #ableg #abpoli
Jason Kenney (@jkenney) famously showed his affection for Toronto-based neo-Nazi Faith Goldy (…). Goldy "reported sympathetically on the alt-right and then went on a podcast from the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer."
Goldy has also associated with conservative MP Kerry Diotte.
Jason Kenney also associates with white supremacist and Rebel "personality" Keean Bexte. Bexte worked for a white supremacist web store called Fireforce Ventures (…) "selling Rhodesian and apartheid South African flags and war memorabilia."
Long after the revelations about Bexte's hardcore racist activities, Kenney and the UCP invited Bexte and Rebel to report on location at their HQ on election night.
Despite having neo-Nazis and white nationalists as so-called "personalities" at Rebel, the UCP and Kenney have never distanced themselves from the far-right propaganda outlet.
Rebel personalities have included: neo-Nazi Faith Goldy; Gavin McInnes, founder of the fascist street gang Proud Boys, designated an "extremist" group by the FBI; Sebastian Gorka, former Trump aide with ties to neo-Nazis in Hungary.
Kenney and the UCP leadership cannot pretend that racists are insignificant in the UCP and its attendant media. During the past provincial election, the "star" UCP candidate Caylan Ford dropped out when her social media promotion of a neo-Nazi conspiracy theory surfaced.
Ford did not apologize. Instead, she made a public appearance with white nationalist Lindsay Shepherd and doubled-down on the "great replacement" theory (…). If this is the star candidate, what does it say about the rank and file of the UCP?
UCP candidate Lance Coulter dropped out of the provincial election after knowingly taking photos with members of Soldiers of Odin, a street gang descended from a neo-Nazi group in Finland.
UCP candidate Todd Beasley was disqualified from running after racist and Islamophobic social media posts surfaced.
The UCP didn't even demand that Philip Schuman step down, even though he offered funding to an Instagram account that posted neo-Nazi imagery. Schuman was recently part of conservative astroturf group pretending to support Alberta health care workers (…).
The UCP is also home to supporters of Donald Trump, a man with a public record of racism (…). Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, and Hadyn Place, Press Secretary to Alberta's Minister of Infrastructure, have public photos in MAGA hats.
This list of prominent UCP members advocating for racists or associating with racists is not comprehensive (…), but it demonstrates that the party and its attendant media has a serious racism problem that is not relegated to marginal actors. #abpoli #ableg
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