Posted on May 26, 2020

California Republican Ted Howze Loses GOP Help After ‘Disturbing’ Social Media Posts

Kate Irby, The Modesto Bee, May 20, 2020

California Republican Ted Howze on Wednesday was removed from a GOP website that promotes 2020 congressional candidates and rebuked by House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy after a second batch of “disturbing” social media posts on his accounts was uncovered.

Howze, the Republican challenger to Rep. Josh Harder, D-Turlock, has been taken off the National Republican Congressional Committee’s “Young Guns” website that promotes promising challengers to sitting Democrats.

Howze lost the spot after the news organization Politico in separate news stories this month published reports detailing social media posts from the candidate’s accounts that disparaged Muslims, immigrants and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The content in question on Mr. Howze’s social media channels is disappointing and disturbing,” McCarthy said in a written statement. {snip}


McCarthy had endorsed Howze, and his statement Wednesday night did not officially pull that backing. Emmer expressed support for Howze after he advanced in California’s primary in March and the NRCC said Thursday it is now pulling its endorsement.


Some of those social media posts include:

  • “European leaders are willfully ceding their continent to religious extremists following the teachings of their Pedophile Prophet Mohamed … ,” states one Facebook post referencing Muslims and the need for the United States to separate itself from Europe.
  • Responding to a tweet from U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, calling for Trump’s impeachment, with “How do we impeach say a Southern California Congresswoman who’s been hitting the crack pipe too hard?”
  • A retweet disparaging Palestinian-American organizer Linda Sarsour, saying if is she is the average Muslim woman than “I finally understand why so many Muslim men would rather copulate with a goat!”