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Donald Trump campaign approves chairman of the American Freedom Party as a GOP convention delegate, then retracts

William Daniel Johnson, the chairman of the of the American Freedom Party, pictured in front of a banner of his party back when it was called the American Third Position Party.

William Daniel Johnson, the chairman of the small white nationalist American Freedom Party, is an ardent Donald Trump supporter. In fact, Johnson’s active support of Trump and purchasing of robocalls in support of the presumptive GOP nominee was part of the reason that led his party’s own presidential candidate, Bob Whittaker, to resign from the American Freedom Party ticket in early April. (Whittaker is continuing his campaign as an independent).

Today, CNN reported that Johnson was briefly slated by the Trump campaign as a delegate to the Republican national convention in July:

The Trump campaign submitted the name of William Johnson, the head of the American Freedom Party who funded pro-Trump robocalls that talked of the white race “dying out in America,” to the California secretary of state. Johnson is one of 169 delegates — 159 from congressional districts and 10 at-large delegates — that voters in each of California’s congressional districts would send to the GOP’s nominating convention this summer by voting for Trump.

Johnson said he received an email from a California strategist with Trump’s campaign late Tuesday afternoon stating that he had been listed in error.

The article continues:

In a telephone interview with CNN, Johnson said he understood that “a campaign has to put its best foot forward — and I’m a white nationalist, and we live in a society today where white people don’t like white people who like white people. And so, I don’t want to do anything that would jeopardize Mr. Trump’s chances. So it’s best that I resign.”

In 1985, writing another a pseudonym, Johnson authored the a proposed constitutional amendment he called the “Pace amendment,” which stated:

“No person shall be a citizen of the United States unless he is a non-Hispanic white of the European race, in whom there is no ascertainable trace of Negro blood, nor more than one-eighth Mongolian, Asian, Asia Minor, Middle Eastern, Semitic, Near Eastern, American Indian, Malay or other non-European or non-white blood, provided that Hispanic whites, defined as anyone with an Hispanic ancestor, may be citizens if, in addition to meeting the aforesaid ascertainable trace and percentage tests, they are in appearance indistinguishable from Americans whose ancestral home is in the British Isles or Northwestern Europe. Only citizens shall have the right and privilege to reside permanently in the United States.”

Johnson has been chairman of the American Freedom Party since 2010, a party that is strongly opposed to globalism, multiculturalism, illegal immigration, and what it calls the “systematic extermination of white people,” or “white genocide.” Johnson’s party has run few candidates since it was founded and not attracted much support: the party’s 2011 gubernatorial candidate in West Virginia, Harry Bertram, received only 0.37%, of the vote, while Merlin Miller, the party’s 2012 presidential candidate, received 2,703 votes, or 0.00%. Johnson himself has run for office multiple times, including a 2008 run for the Los Angeles Superior Court, in which he was initially endorsed by Ron Paul, but Paul retracted the endorsement upon learning of Johnson’s white nationalist views. Most recently, Johnson ran for Congress in 2012, appearing on the ballot as the National Law Party candidate. He received 3,251 votes, or 0.9%, in that race.

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Krzysztof Lesiak

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  1. Jay Wildwood Jay Wildwood May 12, 2016

    By which I mean far worse than anyone who has had a real shot at the presidency ever.

  2. Jay Wildwood Jay Wildwood May 12, 2016

    Gotta disagree. Trump is dramatically worse.

  3. Andy Andy May 12, 2016

    Outside of Rand Paul, the rest of the Republican field was as bad or worse than Trump.

  4. Arnold Spencer Arnold Spencer May 12, 2016

    “Reason #712 why I won’t be voting for Donald Trump in November…”

    I wish my list of reasons for #NeverTrump was that short. Granted most of them are not as public about it but a lot of Trump’s most ardent supporters hold similar views. As for Trump himself he reportedly sleeps with a copy of a book of Hitler’s speeches on his endtable, so it all makes sense. Has anyone noticed how much his rallies resemble fascist gatherings? He retweets bullshit from white power accounts and has to “think about” whether to welcome support from David Duke. His scapegoating of Mexicans and Muslims is reminiscent of European demagogues of the 1930s and their bile directed at Jews. #NeverTrump!

  5. Jim Polichak from Long Island Jim Polichak from Long Island May 10, 2016

    Believe it or not but Johnson has a more liberal view of race than when my grandparents came to New York a bit more than 100 years ago. They came from Croatia but their ancestors came from The Ukraine near the Caucasus Mountains – yet they weren’t considered White.
    Similarly, for many decades neither were the Irish.

  6. DJH2036 DJH2036 May 10, 2016

    Reason #712 why I won’t be voting for Donald Trump in November…

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