Alt-Right Embracing Arizona GOP Senate Candidate Seemingly Mocks McCain’s Death in Tweet About Cancer
Dr. Kelli Ward, a former Republican state lawmaker in the race to take retiring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake's seat late Monday morning posted a tweet apparently mocking the death of the late Senator John McCain.
"Political correctness is like a cancer!" Ward tweeted, literally less than 48 hours after Senator McCain passed away from brain cancer.
Last week Ward had complained that McCain timed the announcement that he was ending treatment for brain cancer late last week to coincide with the start of her campaign's bus tour, thus hurting her campaign. Ward challenged McCain in the 2016 GOP primary, but lost to him by double-digits.
While Ward claims she is not part of the alt-right, she has embraced some of its leaders, including provocateur and "PizzaGate" promoter Mike Cernovich, whom she campaigned with last week. She once embraced neo-Nazi and white supremacist Republican candidate Paul Nehlen, before distancing herself from him later.
And she has been endorsed by Rand Paul, who is becoming increasingly pro-Russia.
"Cernovich’s promotion of violent misogyny and defense of rape were the drivers of his rise to public view," the Southern Poverty Law Center reports. According to the SPLC, Cernovich has written, "diversity is code for white genocide," and this:
“Next time, don’t settle for the make out. If possible, at least pull out your dick. If you can get her to touch it, even better. If not, just let her know that your cock is too swollen to go back into your jeans, and that, ‘either you’re taking care of this, or I am.’ Masturbating will set your anchor nearer the desired destination – pussy [s]port.”
—“When in Doubt, Whip it Out,” www.dangerandplay.com, February 2012
Ward was blasted on social media for her tweet mocking the late Arizona Republican Senator and war hero.
@kelliwardaz Translation: It's hard trying to not mock people dying of brain cancer.— Fred G. Sanford (@Fred G. Sanford)1535385852.0
Arizona’s senior senator just passed away due to brain cancer and a candidate for Senate in Arizona just tweeted th… https://t.co/sDt2dSR6iU— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘)1535384153.0
And for you, self awareness must be like a unicorn. https://t.co/SQuVCfmOFk— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari Sellers)1535384870.0
Yet the second someone calls you a name you cry and say you're being bullied. https://t.co/NfqH8O311v— Calvin (@Calvin)1535383474.0
And “Doctor” Kelli likes war heroes who didn’t get fatal brain cancer and who aren’t dead. Sad! https://t.co/T5wbSMPMDs— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1535385633.0