Feb 13, 5:59 PM EST

Republicans distance themselves from Ryan foe Paul NehlenWisconsin Republicans are distancing themselves from Paul Nehlen, a Republican challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan who has been suspended from Twitter after a series of posts criticized as being racist or anti-SemiticRepublicans distance themselves from Ryan foe Paul NehlenWisconsin Republicans are distancing themselves from Paul Nehlen, a Republican challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan who has been suspended from Twitter after a series of posts criticized as being racist or anti-Semitic


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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Republicans are distancing themselves from Paul Nehlen, a Republican challenger to House Speaker Paul Ryan who has been suspended from Twitter after a series of posts criticized as being racist or anti-Semitic.

Nehlen, who got just 16 percent of the vote against Ryan in 2016, is mounting another primary run this year. But his candidacy has drawn derision from Republicans in the state and his Twitter posts have generated international outrage and condemnation.

Nehlen was banned from Twitter on Sunday after tweeting an image that replaced Meghan Markle, the mixed-race actress and fianc