Election 2016

White Nationalist Leaders Robocalling Iowa Voters to Support Donald Trump

Hate groups see a candidate they love in the billionaire.

If there were any lingering doubts that Donald Trump has the racist vote all locked up, news that a white supremacist group has thrown its support behind the candidate should put them to bed. Talking Points Memo reports that a white nationalist PAC is robocalling voters in Iowa, urging them to vote for Trump, who they promise will keep non-whites out of the country.

The audio features three boosters urging Iowans to cast their votes for Trump. Jared Taylor is the editor of American Renaissance magazine, categorized by the Anti-Defamation League as a white supremacist publication. William Johnson, who self-identifies on the recording as a “farmer and white nationalist,” is chairman of the American Freedom Party and founder of American National Super PAC, which funded the call. Oddly, the audio also includes a message from Reverend Donald Tan, who TPM identifies as “a Filipino-American minister and host of Christian talk show program ‘For God and Country.’”

Here's a transcript of the 50-second call:

“The American National Super PAC makes this call to support Donald Trump.

‘My name is Reverend Ronald Tan, host of the Christian radio talk show program For God and Country. First Corinthians states: God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise and God chose the weak things of this world to shame the strong. For the Iowa caucuses, please support Donald Trump. He is courageous and he speaks his mind. God Bless.’

‘I’m Jared Taylor with American Renaissance. I urge you to vote for Donald Trump because he is the one candidate who points out that we should accept immigrants who are good for America. We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.’

‘I am William Johnson, a farmer and a white nationalist. Support Donald Trump. I paid for this through the super PAC. [Telephone] (213) 718-3908. This call is not authorized by Donald Trump.'"

The Southern Poverty Law Center says the American Freedom Party “is a political party initially established by racist Southern California skinheads that aims to deport immigrants and return the United States to white rule...The party has big plans to run candidates nationwide.”

Trump's campaign has yet to respond to requests for comment from multiple outlets about the call. 

(h/t TPM)

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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