Anti-Semitic Robocall Endorses Holocaust-Denying GOP Congressional Candidate
An anti-Semitic robocall has been floating around a Bay Area county supporting a Holocaust-denying GOP congressional candidate.
The robocall, issued by the white nationalist organization TheRoadToPower.com, calls on voters to “End the Jewish takeover of America and restore our Democracy by voting for John Fitzgerald for U.S. Congress” in California’s 11th District and says that the Jews were behind the 9/11 terror attacks.
Fitzgerald has distanced himself from the robocalls.
“’Road to Power’ is a despicable hate-filled person, dresses like a Nazi soldier, calls blacks ‘negroid ape creatures’ and openly hates Jews,” Fitzgerald wrote. “I do not. And even if I had the money to produce and send out thousands of robocalls, why would I have them sent out at 6:30 a.m.? These seem designed to deliberately alienate the public against me and associate me with actual hate.”
Fitzgerald also told a local ABC affiliate in an email, “I have NO affiliation to Road To Power nor any of his/their affiliates, organizations or otherwise, and nor will I ever in the future.”
However, Fitzgerald has a history of Holocaust denialism, telling The New York Times that the Holocaust was a “complete fabrication” and that “everything we’ve been told about the Holocaust is a lie.” He also perpetuated the conspiracy theory to the Times that the Israeli government was behind the 9/11 terror attacks and that “elitist Jews” are the puppetmasters of the Democrat Party and Republican Party. Fitzgerald has also stated on his website that Jews are behind mass migration and multiculturalism efforts in the West
Fitzgerald has claimed that he isn’t anti-Semitic, telling the Times, “I have no issue with any people. I have issues with people who lie. It’s the elitists who control it all.”
He also told The Realist Report podcast in June that people call him anti-Semitic because of his statements on “Jewish control and supremacy and that lovely state/country called Israel that does all these horrible atrocities and blames them all on everybody else and vilifies everybody else.”
Fitzgerald was the only Republican to run against incumbent Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), garnering 24.8% of the vote in the primary to face DeSaulnier in the run-off. Being the only Republican triggered an automatic endorsement from the state GOP in early, which was rescinded in late May after Fitzgerald’s views on Jews, Israel and the Holocaust came to light.
“As always, California Republicans reject anti-Semitism, and all forms of religious bigotry, in the harshest terms possible,” CA GOP chairman Jim Brulte said in a statement. “We reject John Fitzgerald’s campaign and encourage all voters to do the same.”
DeSaulnier responded to the robocall by telling a local ABC affiliate, “It’s not going to resonate in California, Contra Costa County. People are open-minded, tolerant, good people.”