RALEIGH, N.C. — A Republican candidate for the North Carolina state Senate is comparing Democrats to Nazis, roaches and a sitcom character.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports former Durham County sheriff's deputy Rickey Padgett is challenging incumbent Democrat Mike Woodard.
On Twitter, Padgett's posted in January an image depicting U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer in Nazi uniforms with the words "Chuck's SS anti Trump unit."
State Democratic Party spokesman Robert Howard called Padgett anti-Semitic and urged the GOP to distance itself from Padgett.
A February 2017 tweet features Sen. Elizabeth Warren labeled as a cartoon roach which says "Come on Pelosi and you Democrat cock roaches, Trump is on the way!"
Padgett also compared U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters to "Aunt Esther," the foil to Redd Foxx's character on "Sanford & Son."