Donald Trump’s presidential campaign says that selecting a well known white nationalist as one of its delegates in California, was due to a “technical error.” But it was really Trump’s campaign showing its true colors, again.
When California’s secretary of state published the list of delegates chosen by Trump’s campaign for the state’s upcoming presidential primary, one name stood out: William Johnson. Johnson happens to be one of the most prominent white nationalists in the country. Currently, he’s the chairman of American Freedom Party, which seeks to run racist candidates nationwide, but Johnson’s white supremacist activities go back a long way. In 1985, he proposed a constitutional amendment that would revoke the citizenship of every non-white inhabitant of the U.S.
Named after the pseudonym, James O. Pace, under which he wrote a book advocating it, the Pace Amendment read:
“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 called for the deportation of non-whites, and believed it was critical that his amendment be enacted, otherwise non-whites would strip white Americans of rights, leading to a “race war.”
In 2009, Johnson founded the American Third Position. Its mission statement read: “The American Third Position exists to represent the political interests of White Americans.” The group advocates a zero-immigration policy, and wants to “provide incentives for recent, legal immigrants to return to their respective lands.”
Here are a few choice quotes from Johnson.
“We have in Europe, and every traditionally white country, a dramatic shift in that the founding population is being replaced by immigrants, refugees, other peoples, so, really, the white race is in peril worldwide. I want a separate white ethno-state, but I want to keep Western civilization alive.” – PRI interview; March 2, 2016
“I believe we need to be aware of this precipitous decline in the white race and it’s good for people to be proud of your heritage.” – CNN interview; May 2016
“We believe in the freedom to live in a healthy and moral society. A free people in a healthy society have strong family and marital bonds. Militant feminism and radical homosexuality have been foisted on the American people against their will. It’s time to end the hatred and demonization of men in the media and the bias against men in family law and return to a harmonious and positive balance between men and women that benefits society and nuclear and extended families.” – Letter on the AFP website; April 5, 2016
“The white race is dying out in America and Europe because we are afraid to be called ‘racist’.” – Robocall in Vermont and Minnesota.
“Donald Trump is the closest candidate to our position that is mainstream.” – PRI interview, March 2, 2016.
This is the guy the Trump campaign chose as a California delegate, and tried to pass off as a “database error.”
Politically, this wasn’t Johnson’s first time at the rodeo.
In 1989, Johnson ran in a Casper, Wyo. special election for Dick Cheney’s congressional seat. Johnson was explicit about his views during the campaign. He tole the Associated Press, “Whites don’t have a future here in this country, and that is … one of many issues that I am addressing.” He even hired a 19-year-old klansman as his campaign manager. Jonson lost with less than one percent of the vote.
In May 2006, Johnson filed to run in the Democratic primary to represent Arizona’s 8th congressional district. On the “issues” page of his campaign website, Johnson expressed his commitment to deporting illegal immigrants in large numbers, and brought in anti-immigration extremist Russ Dove to bolster his campaign. Johns won only 2.9 percent of the vote.
In September 2007, Johnson hosted a $2,000-a-plate fundraiser for Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas)
In 2008 Johnson ran in the primary for Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge. This time Johnson avoided publicity, refused to respond to a candidate questionnaire, and refused to give the Los Angeles Bar Association any information about himself. But the Metropolitan News-Enterprise newspaper published a long article about Johnson’s past and his extremist beliefs. He lost with 26 percent of the vote.
Now, Donald Trump has done something that Johnson couldn’t: usher Johnson and his extremist beliefs into the American political mainstream.
Writing this off to a “database error,” sounds a bit too much like blaming Trump’s ineptitude for getting him into another delegate mess. It’s possible that the Trump campaign didn’t vet the people who put their names forward. But Johnson reportedly disclosed his extremist political leanings in the application to become a delegate. It’s hard to believe even the most inept campaign could miss this guy’s appearance on the delegate list.
Given Trump’s connections to white nationalists and white supremacists, naming Johnson as a delegate is just the Trump campaign showing its true colors.