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Tony Zirkle was a candidate in the Republican primary for Congress in Indiana's 2nd district in 2008. He had run before for the nomination in 2006, when he won 30% of the vote, losing to incumbent
Count Chris Chocola (who then lost to challenger Donnelly in the fall). He stated that he was running again in 2010, but it appeared to pan out after he was disbarred.
Until recently, Zirkle was best known either for his plan to separate African-Americans and white Americans into different states within the Union, or for his crusade against "Jewish-run pornography." According to Zirkle, "We now have a small army of male black porn stars that are sifting through five, ten, fifteen thousand women... One man can now genocide the wombs of thousands of women," infecting them with sexually transmitted diseases that leave them barren.
However, Zirkle was catapulted into national prominence when he addressed a party in Chicago that had been convened to celebrate the 119th anniversary of Hitler's birthday. (His address was on the perils of white women being targeted for prostitution and pornography.) He stood in front of a giant picture of Hitler, flanked by swastikas, and there was a sparkly little "Happy Birthday" sign on the front of the table.
He has put forward many different defenses. At first, he claimed that they were not Nazis, but in fact National Socialists. When the problem with this defense was explained to him, he later claimed that he was just "bringing the Gospel to them," and said that people should praise him for trying to educate the hate out of them.
- Fox News: The Indiana Congressional Candidate the GOP Wishes Would Go Away. Joseph Abrams, 30 April 2008