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Controversial former head of WSU college republicans reelected; results dismissed on procedural grounds

James Allsup
James Allsup
From staff reports

James Allsup, the controversial former president of the WSU College Republicans who stepped down last summer after appearing at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was reelected to the head of the club Thursday.

Allsup, who has cultivated an online following around the promotion of far-right policies ethno-nationalist rhetoric, announced his win via Twitter Thursday evening.

According to the club, however, the election’s result will be voided on a procedural issue.

“Due to a series of procedural errors at the November 30, 2017 meeting, the voting conducted at the meeting has been declared null and void by the Chapter Advisor and WSU Student Involvement,” the group wrote on its Facebook page. “The executive committee will meet in the near future to discuss potential next steps.”

Neither Allsup nor the club’s leadership were immediately available for comment.

After video and images appeared online last summer showing Allsup participating in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville – an event that quickly devolved into violence, culminating with the death of a woman after a man with ties to white supremecist groups rammed a crowd of counter-protesters – the College Republican National Committee called for his resignation, along with all other leader who had attended. Allsup stepped down from his post shortly afterward.

He has since amassed a sizeable Twitter following, and hosts a regular podcast called The Nationalist Review.

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