In Iowa this weekend, Talking Points Memo reports, registered voters began receiving robocalls in which Jared Taylor, spokesman for the white supremacist group that Dylann Roof cites as inspiration in his racist manifesto, implores citizens of the state to vote for Donald Trump.
“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 says in his message. “We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.”
Taylor is a spokesperson for the Council of Conservative Citizens. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, he also founded the New Century Foundation and the magazine American Renaissance. “Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization—any kind of civilization—disappears,” he wrote in 2005.
The Council of Conservative Citizens is the ideological descendant of the Citizens Councils of America (“White Citizens Councils”) which sought to resist integration after the Supreme Court ruled to outlaw segregation in 1954 in Brown vs. Board of Education. In his manifesto, Roof writes:
The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case. I kept hearing and seeing his name, and eventually I decided to look him up. I read the Wikipedia article and right away I was unable to understand what the big deal was. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?
Roof killed nine parishioners at historically black church in Charleston in June.
The calls are paid for by the American National Super PAC, whose treasurer, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, is William Johnson, an attorney in Los Angeles. In the pre-recorded message on the robocall, Johnson identifies himself as “a farmer and a white nationalist.”
When Johnson was running for a seat on the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2008, the Metropolitan News-Enterprise reported that he had written a book in 1985, under the pseudonym James O. Pace, called Amendment to the Constitution. The book proposed, amongst other things, repealing the 14th and 15th Amendments:
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 the British Isles or Northwestern Europe. Only citizens shall have the right and privilege to reside permanently in the United States.
Now, Johnson, chairman of the American Freedom Party, is also running the American National Super PAC. Actually, the American National Super PAC ran into some trouble with the FEC last year, because they had originally filed under the name American National Trump Super PAC, despite not having been authorized by the Trump campaign. Their website is The Daily Trump.
Here is a full transcription of the Iowa robocall, via TPM:
“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.’”