S.C.-BASED CANDIDATE SAYS TEXAS CONGRESSMAN SIPHONING “PRO-WHITE” SUPPORT FROM HIS MOVEMENT
By Corey Hutchins, Special to FITSNews
FITSNews – September 23, 2007 – A presidential long-shot is scoring big with white supremacist voters, although oddly enough it’s not their “official candidate.”
From inside his campaign headquarters in Laurens, S.C. – an old movie theater converted into a Ku Klux Klan museum and National Socialist Movement meeting hall – John Taylor Bowles said he doesn’t understand why so many members of a white nationalist Web forum, Stormfront.org, are supporting Paul for president and not him.
As the self-styled “white peoples’ candidate,” Bowles says his Aryan brothers and sisters will lose America to the non-whites – and possibly even get kicked off the continent – unless “something is done.”
He says he’s seen a harbinger of things to come after a June campaign stop along the U.S.-Mexico border, a trip he officially dubbed “Operation Throw Back the Wetback.”
So how does the Paul campaign react to the news that their candidate is a big hit among white extremists?
“We don’t pay attention to that,” communications director Jesse Benton told FITSNews. “All Americans are free to support Dr. Paul for what Dr. Paul believes in – liberty, individual rights and the Constitution.”
But Bowles, 44, who campaigns in full Nazi regalia (including the black jackboots and swastika armband), doesn’t think Paul can stand the test of time with white nationalist voters.
“I’m like the dog doing the last kick before it dies,” Bowles says of his run for the presidency, the first ever by a member of the National Socialist Movement.
Sitting near an open casket with a skeleton inside and a sign threatening death to “race-mixers,” Bowles says, “We’re going to lose (America) unless something is done – (and) I’m it.”
A former federal officer in the U.S. Department of Agriculture who declared his candidacy last December, Bowles appeared two months later on the cover of the Columbia City Paper.
Bowles says his first order of business as President would be to sign an executive order sending large segments of the population back to their respective homelands. His next move would be to bring back all white troops currently serving overseas.
Claiming he is part of the fastest-growing network of white nationalists in the country, South Carolina’s candidate believes he has enough support to get on the ballot in most states.
“Americans love an underdog,” he says while dismissing the mainstream presidential candidates – including Ron Paul – as a “bunch of horses” lacking the stomach for controversy.
As for controversy, Bowles believes Americans crave it. Tapping his swastika armband he says, “This is coming back into style.”
Editor’s Note: Mr. Hutchins is the editor of Columbia (S.C.) City Paper, a weekly alternative news magazine.