White nationalists robocall “every Wisconsin landline” with promises Donald Trump “will respect all women"

The American Freedom Party has launched similar robocall campaigns in other early voting states

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published April 4, 2016 7:48PM (EDT)

Donald Trump, David Duke   (AP/Reuters/Brian Snyder/Steve Helber/Photo montage by Salon)
Donald Trump, David Duke (AP/Reuters/Brian Snyder/Steve Helber/Photo montage by Salon)

It apparently only cost 6,000 bucks to reach every landline left in Wisconsin and that is exactly how much one of Donald Trump's top white nationalist supporters paid to encourage Wisconsinites to support his guy in Tuesday's Republican primary.

"I want people to hear, to feel comfortable with, the term 'white nationalist,'" fervent Trump supporter and Los Angeles lawyer William Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Johnson's super PAC, American National, spent $6,000 to call “every Wisconsin landline” in support of Trump on Saturday evening and all day Sunday.

Despite Trump's begrudging public disavowal of white nationalist support, Johnson, head of the American Freedom Party, which promotes white nationalism, has placed similar robocalls in support of Trump in Iowa, Utah, New Hampshire, Vermont and Minnesota -- almost always mentioning white nationalism alongside Trump.

“I am voting for Donald Trump because he will not only be presidential, he will put America first,” Mary Minshall, an AFP supporter, says on the PAC’s Wisconsin robocall. “Furthermore, he will respect all women and will help preserve Western Civilization.”

“This message is paid for by William Johnson, a farmer and a white nationalist," Johnson says to end the ad that has already been condemned by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

“I hope the people of this state are smart enough to see through that," Walker said of the ad while campaigning for Ted Cruz on Monday.

Listen to the latest white nationalist robocall in support of Trump below:


By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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