The candidate made national headlines for his “Make America White Again” billboards.
In a recent interview with James Edwards, a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, an organization that “oppose[s] all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people,” Rick Tyler said, “Well I of course derived some inspiration from Donald Trump.”
Trump’s advocacy of a “temporary ban” on Muslim immigration and the construction of a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, Tyler said in one of his blog posts, has also “created a climate conducive to conversation about … namely, the urgent and vital subject of race,” which is what Tyler wants.
Tyler, 58, of Ocoee, isn’t new to politics. He ran unsuccessfully for the same congressional district in 2014, receiving only 0.4 percent of the vote, and for U.S. Senate in Florida in 2010.
His offensive billboards and his pseudo-intellectual AM radio advertisements, called “Intelligent Conversation on Race,” shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Tyler has been active in the white nationalist movement for over 30 years. According to an article published in the anti-Semitic publication American Free Press (AFP), Tyler has distributed copies of AFP and the Spotlight, two publications founded by the late white nationalist Willis Carto, who also founded the first major American Holocaust-denial outfit, the Institute for Historical Review (IHR).