Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump points into the crowd while accompanied by his daughter Ivanka (L) and his wife Melania (R) at his 2016 South Carolina presidential primary night victory rally in Spartanburg, South Carolina February 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX27V8Q (Reuters)

Trump campaign selects nation's top white nationalist to serve as delegate to GOP convention

One of the country's most prominent white nationalists has just been selected as a Trump delegate from California


Sophia Tesfaye
May 11, 2016 12:54AM (UTC)

One of the country's most prominent white nationalists has just been selected as a Donald Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention from California.

William Daniel Johnson, a Los Angeles lawyer and leader of a political party that "exists to represent the political interests of White Americans," is so excited about Donald Trump's candidacy and its potential to mainstream white nationalism that he's spent thousands to aid the wealthy businessman's campaign and has be rewarded with a vote at the Republican's nominating convention in Cleveland this July.

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"Johnson got the news that he had been selected by Trump in a congratulatory email sent to him by the campaign's California Delegate Coordinator, Katie Lagomarsino," reported Mother Jones on Tuesday. Johnson, head of the American Freedom Party, told Mother Jones that although he never used the term "white nationalist" in his application to be a Trump delegate, "he disclosed multiple details about his background and activism."

Of course, as one of the most notorious white nationalist in America, Johnson has garnered national headlines for his vocal and fervent support for Trump, a candidate who could barely muster a disavowal of former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.

In February, Trump vowed to return a $250 donation Johnson made to the campaign. Last month, the white nationalist spent $6,000 on robocalls on behalf of Trump ahead of the Wisconsin primary.

“I want people to hear, to feel comfortable with, the term ‘white nationalist,'” Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel at the time.

"The white race is dying out in America and Europe because we are afraid to be called 'racist,'" Johnson said in one robocall to voters in Vermont and Minnesota.


Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's Deputy Politics Editor and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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