Talking Points Memo
By Allegra Kirkland
January 9, 2016
Some registered voters in Iowa received robocalls Saturday from a white nationalist super PAC that urged them to support Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
“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,” Jared Taylor said on the robocall, paid for by the American National Super PAC. “We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.”
Taylor is the founder of the white supremacist magazine American Renaissance. The robocall included two more endorsements from a conservative Christian talk show host and the head of the white nationalist American Freedom Party.
Reverend Donald Tan, a Filipino-American minister and host of Christian talk show program "For God and Country," encouraged Iowans to vote for Trump by citing scripture.
“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 on the call. “For the Iowa caucuses please support Donald Trump."
The robocall was closed out by American Freedom Party chairman William Johnson, who identified himself only as "a farmer and white nationalist." Johnson, who founded the PAC that paid for the robocall, notes that Trump did not authorize it.
The American Freedom Party had issued a press release Friday announcing the launch of the robocall campaign, calling Trump its "Great White Hope."
Jared Taylor also serves as a spokesman for the Council of Conservative Citizens, which was cited in the manifesto written by Charleston shooter Dylann Roof as the group that opened his eyes to what he saw as the scourge of black-on-white crime in America. Roof went on a shooting rampage at a historically black church in June, killing nine parishioners.
Iowa resident Dave Dwyer, who sent TPM a recording of the call, said over the phone, "I've lived in Iowa a long time and I've never seen anything like this."
Trump is polling neck-and-neck with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) among likely Iowa Republican voters just a few weeks before the Feb. 1 caucuses.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“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.'"
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