Donald Trump just lost a delegate. White supremacist leader William Johnson has resigned as a Donald Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention after campaign officials blamed his nomination on a “database error.”
“They don’t need the baggage that came along with my signing up as a delegate,” said Johnson, according to the Washington Post.
Johnson explained that in his application to be a delegate for Donald Trump he disclosed multiple details about his background and activism, but he did not specifically use the term “white nationalist.”
But for Johnson, this is a win-win situation, even though he has resigned.
Talking Points Memo reports:
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Johnson to explain a quote in which he said that for years people called him a “hatemonger” or “Nazi” when he discussed his opinions on race. Now, Johnson told Mother Jones in an interview, they say he’s “like Donald Trump.”
“Right now in society they’re passing around the word racist more and more,” Johnson told Tapper. “And everyone is being called a racist nowadays so that term and all of these invectives are having less meaning. What I mean by that is we are now able to more openly discuss issues regarding race because everyone is being called such invectives nowadays that it doesn’t mean much anymore.”
What Johnson must mean is that it’s OK for white people to bring up race – something caucasians have always done without consequence. President Barack Obama could not bring up his race without conservatives saying he was trying to start a ‘race war.’
“Europe is being replaced by immigrants from Africa. America, the same thing is happening here,” Johnson said. “So I believe we need to be aware of this precipitous decline in the white race. I think it’s good for people to be proud of your heritage, whatever heritage that might be, but particularly for white people because the whites now are so afraid to be proud of their heritage because they’re called bad names if they are.”
According to Mother Jones, Johnson has personally spent $30,000 on Trump promotions, including $18,000 for robocalls. The AFP also streams a podcast called the Daily Trump Phenomenon Hour.
Trump has white supremacist support, across the board. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, as early as 1985, Johnson proposed a constitutional amendment that would revoke the American citizenship of every non-white inhabitant of the United States.
And as early as this year, Donald Trump suggested banning Muslims from entering the U.S.
Let that sink in for a moment.
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