James Allsup, who marched with the “pro-white” group Identity Evropa in the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally last summer, has been elected Republican Party precinct committee officer in Washington state after his candidacy was uncontested for four days, according to the Daily Beast.
Allsup is now in a position to elect party leadership and lead their precinct caucus every two years.
According to The Spokesman-Review, Allsup stepped down from his role as the president of the Washington State University College Republicans after the Charlottesville rally.
The Hill added:
Allsup spoke about his position on an Identity Evropa podcast, according to the Daily Beast, where he discussed the importance of having “a seat at the table” and said he planned to use his position to push “our” political agenda, referring to Identity Evropa.
“I happen to be involved in the Spokane GOP. I am now actually an elected official in the Whitman County GOP down here where I live,” he said on the podcast, according to the Daily Beast. “You have a seat at the table. And that’s the most important thing, getting that seat at the table, and you can get that seat at the table by, yes, showing up, yes, by bringing people in, and again this doesn’t necessarily only have to be IE members.” Allsup has previously spoken about similar “entryist” tactics, prompting college students to turn their College Republicans groups into an “alt-right club.”
Caleb Heimlich, the chairman of the Washington State Republican Party, told the Daily Beast that the state group “does not condone identity politics, in any form, whatsoever.”
“It is antithetical to our core values and stands counter to our goal of getting Washington back on the right track,” he said. “We condemned this hateful ideology before, we condemn it today, and will continue to condemn it in the future.”