Dr. Scott Jensen, a former Minnesota State Representative and the front-runner for the Republican nomination in the Minnesota governor’s race this year, had a self-proclaimed antisemite, misogynist, homophobe on his podcast last week.
Royce White, a former pro basketball turned right-wing activist, was on Jensen’s podcast to discuss mental health. Until last week, White’s Twitter bio read: “American, Hotep, Blackface, Extremist, Alt-Right, Cis-Male, Sexist, Misogynist, Homophobic, Transphobic, Xenophobic, Antisemitic, Christian-Fundamentalist, etc.” He has since changed it to “There’s a crisis of leadership, worldwide. #Godspeed.”
Jensen, who won the GOP caucus on Feb. 1, is a family physician in Chaska. His campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
“Scott Jensen has promoted anti-vaccine conspiracy theories throughout his campaign for governor and is now giving a platform to bigotry,” DFL Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement. “He has given Minnesotans every reason to believe he would continue to empower dangerous and hateful extremists if he were elected Governor.”
White is also a regular on the Blaze TV show of former sportswriter-turned-conservative commentator Jason Whitlock, where last week he decried the “globalist agenda,” and in January complained of a “Jewish elite” and that it’s a problem when it’s suggested that there is a Jewish elite, there are cries of antisemitism.
“Why can’t anyone say the word ‘Jewish’ without being threatened with an antisemitism designation?” he said on Whitlock’s show last month. “That’s a problem. We have to address those first before we have a fair and balanced conversation about where we are as a society. It goes for gender, it goes for racism.”
White’s collegiate and pro basketball career was marked by off-court problems, and his mental health struggles were very public in 2012 after he was a first-round draft pick of the Houston Rockets out of Iowa State.
He started his college career at the University of Minnesota after playing at De La Salle High School for his first three years before finishing at Hopkins High School. He never played a game at the U, however, after he was first suspended for involvement in a shoplifting incident. There was also an investigation into a theft in a dorm room and trespassing which saw him suspended for his entire freshman year. He transferred to Iowa State where he was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year in his only season in Ames.
White suffers from a generalized anxiety disorder, which was exacerbated by having to fly around the country. He tried to get the Rockets to allow him to ride a bus to games where the schedule allowed. He said the team had been inconsistent in helping him cope with his anxiety. Ultimately he was traded away from Houston; he played three career NBA games with Sacramento.