A candidate for the upcoming Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen by-election has been suspended by UKIP and resigned from the party after posting on Facebook that immigrants should be gassed.
Bobby Douglas made the comments after posting about how UKIP leader Nigel Farage would refuse to give benefits for immigrants until they have lived in Britain for five years.
He also said a woman should have been “painted black” to get into the UK, before describing migrants as “sponging, scrounging parasites”.
He also labelled Muslim men paedophiles after claiming marrying children is sanctioned by Islam.
Mr Douglas is standing in the by-election that takes place on September 3, next week, but UKIP have withdrawn their backing after investigating the offensive and Islamophobic remarks, which were uncovered by Caerphilly Observer.
Posting on Facebook last year, Mr Douglas said of immigrants: “Gas the b******s if they don’t go. If it’s good enough for badgers it’s good enough for scum.”
In another post, regarding a Welshman whose American wife and child were allegedly removed from the country, Mr Douglas said: “They should have painted her black, told her not to speak English, she would have ended up with a house, £500 a week benefits and everything else these sponging scrounging parasites have.”
Mr Douglas also used social media to call for the formation of a vigilante group and a return to hanging and lynching.
The politician also ‘likes’ at least seven pages associated with the racist English Defence League (EDL) and shared a letter penned by them in January calling for school pupils not to be taught about Islam in religious education.
The letter attacks Islam as “intolerant” and says pupils can be taught about all other religions.
He has also shared posts by the far-right Britain First and ‘likes’ the English Volunteer Force who support the loyalist paramilitary group the Ulster Volunteer Force – a group responsible for killing more than 500 people, mainly Catholic civilians.
Mr Douglas told Caerphilly Observer that the ‘gassing’ comment was “in jest” and that he has a “black sense of humour”.
Asked if it was wrong he said: “Yes, it was said out of context to somebody.”
Mr Douglas denies being a member or supporter of the named groups and warned of the dangers of the far-right.
He said: “We’re living in a socially deprived area and if you look up north, where it’s worse, you’ve got the younger generation unemployed, and you’ve got these right-wing parties.
“A lot of the youngsters in those areas are drifting towards them, and to me that’s exactly what happened in Germany in the early 30s. It’s frightening.
“I look at what they’re saying because how can you be critical if you don’t know what they’re saying. I will not support right-wing parties.”
Denying saying a woman should be painted black was racist, Mr Douglas said: “Currently that’s the way it’s going. The way people are coming into the country is uncontrolled. Not only black people.
“It’s not racist, it’s just currently what’s happening.”
When applying to join the party, would-be UKIP members must confirm they have never been members of far-right and fascist groups, including the BNP, Britain First and EDL.
Mr Farage is against the death penalty but is open to holding a referendum on the issue.
After Caerphilly Observer contacted UKIP to ask it about the posts, the party launched an investigation and Mr Douglas was subsequently suspended as its candidate.
A UKIP spokesperson said: “UKIP has suspended Bobby Douglas as a candidate in the forthcoming by-election.
“His name will still be on the ballot paper as a UKIP candidate due to the late change, but he will not be representing the party.
“UKIP understands that Mr Douglas has apologised for his remarks on social media and has also taken the decision to resign from the party.”
UKIP’s 2016 Assembly election campaign chief Sam Gould, who came second in Caerphilly in this year’s General Election, said: “I wouldn’t stand by such comments at all. Not in anyway whatsoever, that’s not acceptable.
“Within two hours of the party being made aware of the comments he was suspended and within 24 hours he was no longer a member of the party.”
In his resignation letter, Mr Douglas said: “I deeply regret any offence I have caused by posting and reposting various remarks on Facebook.
“They were made in poor humour at a time when I was not a candidate and not even considering standing for election. I was furthermore not even a member of the party at the time these comments were made.
“I accept full responsibility for these comments and am therefore resigning my membership with immediate effect.”
Since Caerphilly Observer approached Mr Douglas, many of the offending posts have been removed or his Facebook page has been made private.
The other candidates standing for election are Ray Davies, Independent, Ron Davies, Plaid Cymru, John James Dew, Independent, Lisa Jones, Labour and Rita Lukins, Conservative.