Remember the white supremacist who spent a fortune during the primaries sending out robocalls backing Donald Trump? Yeah, well, he’s back.
William Daniel Johnson is an attorney and the leader of the white nationalist American Freedom Party (AFP). He has been behind robocalls in multiple states throughout the election season and now he is sponsoring calls to voters in Utah that say he firmly believes “Evan is a closet homosexual.”
The call says:
Hello, My name is William Johnson. I am a farmer and a white nationalist. I make this call against Evan McMullin and in support of Donald Trump. Evan McMullin is an open borders, amnesty supporter. Evan has two mommies. His mother is a lesbian, married to another woman. Evan is okay with that. Indeed, Evan supports the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage. Evan is over 40 years old and is not married and doesn’t even have a girlfriend. I believe Evan is a closet homosexual. Don’t vote for Evan McMullin. Vote for Donald Trump. He will respect all women and be a president we can all be proud of. I paid for this ad through the American National super-PAC.
In April, Johnson paid $6,000 to make sure they managed to call “every landline in Wisconsin.” In one of the pro-Trump calls, a woman told voters that she is supporting Trump “because he will not only be presidential, he will put put America first” and that he “will respect all women and help preserve western civilization.”
In another, voters were told that “we don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people.” Yet another call told voters in Vermont and Minnesota that “the white race is dying out in America and Europe because we are afraid to be called ‘racist.'” In the same call, Johnson said, “Donald Trump is not racist, but Donald Trump is not afraid. Don’t vote for a Cuban. Vote for Donald Trump.”
Johnson also made headlines when it was discovered that the Trump campaign had chosen him as a California delegate. Trump’s camp claimed that this was just a mistake that was the fault of a clerical error and they really didn’t mean to appoint a white supremacist. Johnson eventually stepped down to prove that Trump is totally not racist.
At the moment, McMullin is polling in second place behind Trump. He took to Twitter on Monday to denounce the robocalls as a “desperate attack from GOP nominee [Donald Trump] and his racist supporters as he continues to lose ground in Utah.”
— Evan McMullin (@Evan_McMullin) October 31, 2016
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April has studied political science, psychology, and philosophy. Back in the good old days she was a reporter for “old fashioned” print newspapers. In addition to news and politics, she also blogs about service dogs and disability advocacy. As a black woman with a disability, she is fed up with the right-wingers who would prefer that she and others like her didn’t exist.