Palin Favorite Paul Nehlen Is Challenging Paul Ryan in Ridiculous Fashion: ‘Maybe We Can Arm Wrestle’


Paul Nehlen is the name of the Wisconsin man who is challenging Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan for his seat in Congress this year, and is confident that he is going to win. After all, the motorcycle-riding gun-toting “executive, entrepreneur, and inventor” has the support of former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin — no, really.

After the House Speaker told CNN’s Jake Tapper last week that he is holding off from an official endorsement of Donald Trump despite his status as the party’s presumptive nominee, Palin blasted Ryan. She said, “[Paul Ryan’s] political career is over but for a miracle because he has so disrespected the will of the people, and as the leader of the GOP, the convention, certainly he is to remain neutral, and for him to already come out and say who he will not support is not a wise decision of his.”

She continued, “I will do whatever I can for Paul Nehlen.”

But the Palin push may not be enough for Nehlen to find success in Wisconsin to dethrone Paul Ryan. After all, Wisconsin’s Post-Crescent reported on May 1 that since becoming House Speaker, Paul Ryan’s favorability rating within the state has never been higher. Ryan was viewed favorably by 76 percent of Republican Wisconsin voters, and scored 45 percent favorability with moderates as well. Post-Crescent continued, “In both cases, they are the best ratings Ryan has gotten with those groups in 16 different surveys by Marquette over the past four years.”

Enter Nehlen, who, we can only hope, is set to release even more stirring campaign ads like this one that features him sleeveless on a bike (sweet tats, bro) bashing the Wisconsin status quo. “I’m a businessman,” he says in the ad with his shades on, “I build thing. Create jobs. Jobs allow people to pay their mortgage. Put food on their table. Put their kids through college.”

He then gets off the motorcycle revealing a super sweet skull-and-crossbones tank top, the kind you might find at the Pirates of the Caribbean gift shop in Disney.

The video — aptly titled “Truth Resurrection” — then features Nehlen addressing the camera directly saying, “Mr. Speaker, you championed this trade deal. Why don’t you come back to Wisconsin and debate me man-to-man, face-to-face, on the realities of PPP. If you don’t want to debate me,” he says, removing his safety goggles and further showing his badassness, “maybe we can arm wrestle.”

J.D. Durkin (@jiveDurkey) is an editorial producer and columnist at Mediaite.
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