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When voters in Vermont and Minnesota answered their phones last week, some of them were treated to a racist robocall. "The white race is dying out in America and Europe because we are afraid to be called 'racist,'" the call claimed, before going on to ask listeners to vote for Donald Trump and "don't vote for a Cuban."
But the calls aren't from the Trump campaign. They're the work of William Daniel Johnson, a L.A.-based corporate lawyer who's described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "an uninspiring but determined white separatist."
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The ad is the work of the American National Super PAC, founded by Johnson, who introduces the call by describing himself as "a farmer and white nationalist." Johnson goes on to urge voters to not fear being called racists or Trump voters.
The white race is dying out in America and Europe because we are afraid to be called 'racist,' Johnson claims. He continues, "I am afraid to be called racist. Donald Trump is not a racist, but Donald Trump is not afraid."
It's fairly clear, however, that Johnson is a racist. A pretty vocal one at that. According to the SPLC:
As early as 1985, Johnson proposed a constitutional amendment that would revoke the American citizenship of every nonwhite inhabitant of the United States. A quarter century later, in 2010, he was still actively supporting white nationalist causes, serving as chairman of the racist American Third Position political party (renamed American Freedom Party in 2013), established the prior year. The party wants to run racist candidates nationwide.
Trump, for his part, has repudiated Johnson, returned a campaign contribution from him, and disavowed Johnson's PAC, but that hasn't stopped Johnson from embracing the candidate.
Trump and Johnson aren't totally dissimilar. Trump, while promising to bring American manufacturing jobs back from foreign markets, still famously produces his signature ties and shirts in China. ohnson makes his money assisting Chinese and Japanese businesses with entering the U.S. His website boasts that he can speak, read, and write Japanese, and explains that he has dedicated his career to representing Asian businesses in their U.S. dealings.