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Neo-Nazi GOP candidate pledges to ban same-sex marriage & “exile all Jews”

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Lori Kauffman, a transphobic and homophobic Republican neo-Nazi, is running for a seat on the Massachusetts Republican Party’s state committee. She has pledged to “exile all Jews,” ban same-sex marriage, and criminalize trans identity if she wins the March 5 election.

While the state GOP published a statement denouncing her “repugnant” views and urging her to withdraw from the March 5 election, Kauffman’s views echo those of other Republicans and mirror the growing presence of Nazism in conservative politics.

Kauffman is running against Elizabeth Hinds-Ferrick to represent the 1st Suffolk District, a region containing eastern Boston. A link on the state GOP’s website offering to help people “learn more” about the state committee leads to a page that says, “Nothing here.”

Kauffman reportedly “blames a COVID-19 shot for giving her stage-4 brain cancer,” according to Universal Hub, a local Boston media outlet. When asked by social media commenters to prove this claim, she questioned whether people wanted to see her medical records. After commenters said yes, she never shared them. The COVID-19 vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective in reducing the chance of death due to the virus and there is no proof that they cause cancer.

Kauffman regularly makes incendiary posts to her personal X account and another with the screen name “Jews 4 Ye 24,” a reference to Ye (formerly Kanye West), a rapper who has said that he likes Hitler and “loves Nazis.” The social media platforms X and LinkedIn have reportedly restricted Kauffman’s accounts for violating their policies.

Kauffman has posted an image of herself using a pay phone with the caption, “Hi, Hitler? It’s 2024 here and we’re requesting your assistance.” She reposted a February 22 post from former Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) ambassador Isabella Riley Moody stating, “I honestly wish conservatives were more homophobic.” She has also re-posted messages supporting Nick Fuentes, a white nationalist who says it is “gay” for men to have sex with women.

In one particularly heinous repost, Kauffman shared a post on X claiming that Jewish supporters of “Cultural Marxism” are “destroying our culture and institutions everyday” and “look forward to a beautiful Communist Utopia in America dominated by Satanic Jews.”

The post included an image of former Democratic presidents and famous Jewish people wearing dark robes, icons of the “Eye of Providence” (a symbol associated with the fictitious Illuminati organization), and preparing to sacrifice a baby on a temple altar. A similar image of shadowy figures committing human sacrifices in robes also appeared in a recent anti-LGBTQ+, AI-generated advertisement supporting the 2024 campaign of former President Donald Trump.

While Kauffman’s words may sound like hateful trolling, her ideas echo other right-wing politicians who have espoused the “Great Replacement Theory,” an antisemitic conspiracy theory about Jews using people of color and LGBTQ+-inclusive “cultural Marxism” to start a war against Christian values and white people in Western society.

Transphobic Michigan state Rep. Josh Schriver (R) was recently stripped of his committee assignments after sharing a meme pushing this conspiracy. Neo-Nazis who share Schriver and Kauffman’s views also attended the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual right-wing conference where Trump recently delivered a speech.

In a recent post to X, she wrote that her “long term goals” include banning same-sex marriage and banning trans identity. The Republican party’s platform still says that the party is opposed to same-sex marriage, and Republican lawmakers in many states are attempting to ban trans identity.

“The Massachusetts Republican committee strongly condemns the prejudiced and antisemitic statements made by Lori Kauffman,” the committee wrote in a December 15, 2023 resolution. The resolution said her “repugnant views are directly against the values of the Republican Party.” The committee said it “strongly urges” Kauffman to withdraw her candidacy, adding, “Any form of discrimination has no place in the Massachusetts Republican Party.”

The committee also published a statement on Tuesday, which said, “State Committee positions are subject to public election, and as such, the MassGOP lacks authority to prevent Ms. Kauffman from pursuing candidacy. We urge the residents of the First Suffolk District to vote against this candidate…. The MassGOP unequivocally denounces her vile language and has taken every measure within its capacity to disassociate from Ms. Kauffman.”

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