A Sandy Springs business person dropped out of the 6th Congressional District race after publicly identifying himself as a white nationalist.
Donnie Bolena also claimed that he wanted to go to Congress to tell people they don’t have to accept homosexuality.
Bolena (photo) posted a 22-minute Facebook video on Saturday saying that state and Fulton County GOP officials persuaded him to drop out of the race, according to the AJC.
Bolena said he was confused as to why his statements were controversial.
“I said I’m a white nationalist. Which means I’m a white man. I’m a proud white man. And I’m a nationalist. I still don’t think that’s a bad word. I think every American should be a nationalist.”
Bolena claimed in the video that he told Georgia GOP Chair David Shafer that he was “sick of being attacked for being white.”
“That’s what I wanted to do in Congress. I wanted to be a guy with a voice for the people. I wanted to say, it’s okay if you don’t want to accept homosexuality. You don’t have to. And it’s okay if you like being white. You should. And it’s okay if you want to be a nationalist. You’re not doing anything wrong. If we go out and say that, the liberal media pounces on us, and I get called a racist.”
Shafer declined comment to the AJC.
Bolena spoke at a Georgia Log Cabin Republicans luncheon in June.
Several Republicans remain in the 6th District primary, including anti-LGBTQ former U.S. Rep. Karen Handel. The GOP primary winner will face U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, who beat Handel for the seat in 2018.