On the same week that the White supremacist publication American Renaissance announced its 2016 conference outside Nashville, its editor joined with a contemporary and a Filipino-American pastor in a robocall to Iowa voters, urging support for presidential candidate Donald Trump in the Feb 1 caucuses in that state.
On Friday, the American Freedom Party, a White supremacist political party, announced in a press release that its chairman, William Johnson Johnson, via his newly-established American National Super PAC, began the campaign, urging Iowans to either caucus for the billionaire real estate developer or urge their Republican friends to do so. Johnson speaks in the robocall, calling himself “a farmer and a white nationalist”, and is also joined by Jared Taylor, the editor of American Renaissance. “We don’t need Muslims,” he says in the call. “We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.”
In June, Taylor acted as spokesperson for the Council of Conservative Citizens after it was revealed that they were an inspiration to Dylann Roof, who allegedly shot and killed nine African-American churchgoers at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.
Reverend Ronald Tan, a Filipino-American pastor of the Assemblies of God Christian Church of Carson, CA also appears on the call to support Trump. “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,” he says. “For the Iowa caucuses, please support Donald Trump. He is courageous and he speaks his mind. God Bless.”
Johnson and Rev. Tan have been working together for several years. In 2008, they mounted a failed write-in campaign to remove six Latino judges from the Los Angeles Superior Court, targeting them because Tan felt they would be easier to defeat, especially if he was successful in recruiting other Filipinos to run. “When you’re running against a Caucasian, it’s kind of hard,” he told the Los Angeles Times in an interview. “As Filipinos, our names are almost the same as Hispanics, so that puts us on co-equal ground.” Johnson, who was also running for city attorney at the time, had also submitted his name for a bid for a judge’s seat. Both efforts failed.
According to the Freedom Party’s press release, He and Johnson are co-hosting a radio program that will be broadcast in Iowa from Jan. 12-22. Meanwhile, Taylor’s American Renaissance announced earlier in the week that its fifth conference at the Montgomery Bell Park Inn in Dickson, TN will take place May 20-22. In their announcement, Trump was cited as one source of hope for racist White people in the upcoming year “Donald Trump says what millions of Americans have thought for years–and is much too popular to be silenced,” the announcement read. “Ann Coulter’s Adios, America! sounds the alarm against Third-World immigration–and is a huge best-seller. An Alt Right of young, cocky pro-whites terrifies liberals and conservatives alike. And a Muslim invasion is giving new life to the European ‘extreme right.’”
The blog Talking Points Memo says they were given a recording of the call by Iowa resident Dave Dwyer, who said in a phone conversation, “I’ve lived in Iowa a long time and I’ve never seen anything like this.” They also tried to reach a Trump spokesperson for comment but they did not respond. Trump’s popularity among White supremacists has been prominent on various hate blogs and websites, and there has been several instances where people have shouted “White Power!” and “Seig Heil” at Trump rallies, often with little response from Trump himself.
Ironically, the American Freedom Party is running their own candidate for president, White Nationalist Bob Whittaker, who is best known for his slogan “Anti-Racist is Code for Anti-White” commonly referred to by White supremacists as “The Mantra” and used by racist trolls to post on various websites.