Brad Reed reports, Republican’s top ally says Jews aren’t welcome in conservative movement: ‘This is an explicitly Christian country’:

A top ally for the Republican Party’s nominee for Pennsylvania’s governor has now explicitly said that Jews should not be welcome into the American conservative movement unless they convert to Christianity.

The Jerusalem Post reports that Andrew Torba, the founder of the far-right Gab social media website that Mastriano has used to promote his campaign for governor, said recently that he believes American conservatism should be for Christians only, and that conservatives should reject right-wing Jewish figures such as Ben Shapiro and Dave Rubin.

Media Matters: Doug Mastriano consultant and Gab CEO: Jewish conservatives like Ben Shapiro aren’t welcome in our movement:

Doug Mastriano consultant and Gab CEO Andrew Torba has a message for right-wing Jewish commentators including Ben Shapiro and Dave Rubin: You’re not welcome in our movement unless you “repent” and renounce your Jewish faith. 

Mastriano is a QAnon supporter and January 6 insurrectionist who is running for governor in Pennsylvania. 

As Media Matters reported, Mastriano said in a campaign filing that he paid $5,000 to Gab for “consulting” services on April 28. HuffPost’s Christopher Mathias subsequently reported that the payment seems to be for new followers, as “every new account currently being created on Gab automatically follows Mastriano.” (Torba has denied this while Mastriano has responded by retweeting someone calling the strategy “creative campaigning.”) Mastriano has also praised Torba, who has endorsed Mastriano.

Gab caters to far-right extremists, including those who have been banned from other platforms. The site is filled with antisemites, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis. One of its users was the mass shooter who allegedly killed 11 people at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in 2018.

“We don’t want people who are Jewish,” he said. “We don’t want people who are, you know, nonbelievers, agnostic, whatever. This is an explicitly Christian movement because this is an explicitly Christian country. We’re not saying we’re going to deport all these people or whatever. You’re free to stay here. You’re not going to be forced to convert or anything like this because that’s not biblical whatsoever. But you’re going to enjoy the fruits of living in a Christian society under Christian laws and under a Christian culture and you can thank us later.”

Torba also explained why he believed that it was so important for Mastriano to win, as he believed it would pave the way for a full-blown theocracy.

“This is the most important election of the 2022 midterms because Doug is an outspoken Christian [Nationalist],” he said. “He’s going to turn this state around for the glory of God. That is the mission here folks.”

Mastriano has been slammed even by some Republicans for his extremist ideology, as he has openly embraced the Christian nationalist movement and attended a QAnon-promoting conference earlier this year.

On Monday, Rachel Maddow did a backgrounder on the origins of Christian Nationalism in America, and how Doug Mastriano is now its modern-day poster boy.

Who else has been endorsed by the anti-semitic White Christian Nationalist founder of the far-right extremist GAB social media website? State Sen. Wendy Rogers and Secretay of State candidate Mark Finchem. And they are proud of it.

No surprise there. They are both proud members of the domestic terrorist group the Oath Keepers, and both are QAnon cultists.

Wendy Rogers has been in hot water before for her anti-semitic and White Christian Nationalists rants, and attending white supremacist conferences. Arizona Sen. Wendy Rogers embraces white nationalist extremist group:

Arizona State Sen. Wendy Rogers finds herself in the middle of a political firestorm after speaking to a white nationalist group’s annual convention last weekend.

Rogers told the America First Political Action Conference that the group’s political enemies should be hanged on a “newly built set of gallows.”

“It’ll make an example of these traitors who have betrayed our country,” Rogers said via live video.
Rogers also praised the leader of AFPAC, Nick Fuentes, a white supremacist and Holocaust denier.
“Nick and the other patriots in attendance at AFPAC, please keep doing what you’re doing,” Rogers said.

Rogers, a first-term Flagstaff Republican, is well-entrenched on the far right. Her social media accounts are filled with posts echoing extremist views.

In recent days, she’s repeated anti-Semitic dog whistles praising Russian President Vladimir Putin and putting down Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is Jewish.

The AFPAC appearance put her views in the national spotlight, at a time when Republican leaders are trying to tamp down their own officeholders’ and former President Trump’s messages praising Putin.

These religious zealots should never be elected to office.