Longtime political operative Bob Whitaker has resigned from the 2016 presidential ticket of the American Freedom Party (AFP) over the party’s softening language and explicit support for GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump.
“You’re fighting the good fight,” Whitaker wrote in a letter informing AFP chairman William Johnson of his decision, “I just don’t think you’re very good at it.”
Whitaker is known for coining the phrase “White Genocide” to describe the declining percentage of Whites in the United States. In March, in an effort to be “more diplomatic” with the media, the AFP Board decided to replace the term “White Genocide” with “physical, administrative removal of Americans of European extraction.” In addition, it asked members to use the terms “white advocates” or “advocates of European heritage” in lieu of “White Nationalists.”
“I’ve never had this happen,” says Whitaker, “I’ve been in campaigns for fifty years, and I’ve never seen anything as screwed up as this.”
Whitaker originally had been the party’s vice presidential nominee but moved atop the ticket in July after the resignation of blog editor Kenn Gividen, the original presidential nominee.
For some time Whitaker has expressed disappointment with the party’s backing of Trump to the detriment of his own campaign. Party funds have been used for robo-calls supporting Trump. During an interview with American Third Party Report back in December, he revealed, “I don’t think the [A]FP really supports me one way or the other.”
The AFP has ballot access in Mississippi. Safety Specialist Tom Bowie of Maryland is currently the Vice Presidential nominee.