Donald Trump has decided he really doesn’t need money from a man who wants to build “a country made up of only white people.”
Trump told New Hampshire voters on Monday that he would return any campaign contributions from William Daniel Johnson, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who has spoken of his desire to create “a white ethno-state” since “that’s the only way western civilization and the white race will survive.”
“I would certainly return it if you think it is appropriate,” Trump said at a Granite State town hall event. “I would return it. Don’t be so angry, I don’t even know who he is.”
Johnson helped to organize robocalls, paid for by the white nationalist American Freedom Party via a Super PAC called American National. The calls accosted voters in Iowa shortly before the caucuses — and now New Hampshire in the days before the state’s Tuesday primary — telling listeners to vote for Trump, with one saying, “We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people,” and another saying, “I am a farmer and a white nationalist. Support Donald Trump.”
The American Freedom Party was “initially established by racist Southern California skinheads,” and “aims to deport immigrants and return the United States to white rule,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Trump’s campaign has said it has disavowed all support from Super PACs.
The success of Trump’s campaign — and with it the increased visibility of what many have characterized as a staunch nativist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant platform — has been a boon to white supremacist websites and groups, reinvigorating interest and pride in white nationalist movements.
Self-identified “white advocate” Jared Taylor has appeared on CNN to stump for Trump, and also was one of the voices on the robocalls. Trump said he’d disavow Taylor, but hedged his condemnation of Taylor’s beliefs by noting that “people are angry.”
As Mediaite‘s Alex Griswold noted a few weeks ago, Trump has already resorted to “just straight up re-tweeting white supremacists,” including one with a fairly conspicuous name like @WhiteGenocideTM and another a self-identified “White Preservist” [sic] from Holland, whose Twitter bio asked “Race war when?”
[h/t The Hill]
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