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Minnesota Republican Party issues shocking endorsement of Senate candidate seeking to oust Klobuchar

The Minnesota Republican Party has endorsed Royce White, a former NBA player and Black Lives Matter movement leader turned Republican Senate candidate, in an effort to oust Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

The state party’s decision to endorse White was made Saturday at the Minnesota Republican Party convention at the River Center in St. Paul.

White, a former professional basketball player, was introduced on stage at the convention by Steve Bannon, a former adviser to President Trump.

White received 67% of the vote in the first round of the convention on Saturday, gaining the party’s support to challenge Klobuchar, who has represented Minnesota in the Senate for nearly two decades.

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The Minnesota Republican Party has endorsed Lois White (left) in her bid to oust Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar. (Getty Images)

“I’m definitely a ‘We the People’ guy,” White told the Minnesota Star Tribune on Saturday.

White unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District during the 2022 campaign, and was defeated in the primary by fellow Republican Cicely Davis. He lost by more than 1,000 votes.

Hundreds of Minnesota Republicans, several of them carrying signs that read “The People Are Coming,” packed the room where White gave his state party-backed speech. Ta.

Before joining the Republican Party and running for Senate, White led Black Lives Matter protests in Minneapolis at the height of controversy over the death of George Floyd.

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The Power’s Royce White battles for position with the Enemies’ Keith Benson during the BIG3 Week 3 game at Comerica Center on July 2, 2022 in Frisco, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/Getty Images for BIG3)

The Republican Senate candidate has made controversial statements in the past, including one in which he claimed to be a Christian and a “real Jew” while responding to social media users. It will be done.

“Shut up. I’m a Christian and a Jew (a real Jew)…I stink.” [bulls–t] Tweet this from a mile away. It’s strange to see so many people deny that black Jews exist and could theoretically exist here in America. What is this in rewritten history? LOL,” White wrote. Tweets from November 2022.

That same month, white people praised notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and appeared to scold black people for “selling out” in the election. social media posts“Minister Louis Farrakhan is very respectful in his age and perspective. He lives and speaks with a kind of love and empathy for all black people, even when he knows he’s selling out. I don’t have any such idea about them.” I’m not a judge, but I have some stern words to tell you: stop selling out. ”

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A white man appears to have praised prominent anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and scolded black people for “selling out” in a November 2022 social media post. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In the midst of Israel’s war with Hamas, Mr. White delivered the X speech in December, asserting that “Israel has a right to exist, but not to be the linchpin of a new world order.”

“I pray that our Jewish brothers and sisters will stop using their identity to justify globalism. … In the same way, I pray that black people will stop using their identity to justify Marxism. Please stop exploiting the identity of MAGA, knowing full well that this unwavering support for Israel and World War II is being called nationalist, fascist, Nazi, etc. It’s used a lot, but I’m really confused. White wrote at that time. “Nationalism is not synonymous with fascism or Nazism. I’m tired of hearing it, especially from countries that take away our tax dollars as a nation-state. Israel has the right to exist, but not to be a cornerstone of the new world order.” .”

White’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital on Saturday about the support he has received from the Minnesota Republican Party and his past statements.

On his campaign website, White lists four goals he would like to achieve or further develop if elected: “term limits,” “Zero Taxes (America Memorial Day),” “American manufacturing,” and “energy.” ing. No additional explanation of how White will achieve these goals is shared on the website.

A Republican operative who attended the Minnesota Republican convention on Saturday said he expects delegates to do a better job selecting candidates to run against Klobuchar and help former President Trump win reelection. Stated.

“At the end of the day, I truly believe the Minnesota Republican Party gave Amy Klobuchar a victory on a silver platter,” a Republican operative told Fox News Digital.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has represented Minnesota in the Senate since 2007. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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The operative placed part of the blame on the state party’s nominating committee, which allowed Mr. White to be on the convention’s endorsement vote on a “conditional but conditional” basis.

White was one of several Republicans seeking the party’s nomination. The campaign of one of the candidates, U.S. Navy veteran Joe Frazier, told Fox that Royce’s nomination would only help Democrats.

“We want to congratulate MNGOP on securing the re-election of Amy Klobuchar and Joe Biden,” Fraser campaign spokeswoman Preya Samsunder said in a statement. “I couldn’t choose a candidate who did.”

Minnesota’s primary election will be held on August 13th, and the deadline to register for the primary election is June 4th. The winner of that election will face Democratic Party presumptive candidate Klobuchar in the state general election on November 4th.

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