Donald Trump's campaign is pinning the blame on a database error for including a self-described white nationalist in their California delegate list, according to NBC News.
"Yesterday, the Trump campaign submitted its list of California delegates to be certified by the Secretary of State of California," Trump spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said. "A database error led to the inclusion of a potential delegate that had been rejected and removed from the campaign's list in February 2016."
The Trump camp tried to remove well-known white nationalist William Johnson from their delegate list, but they, unfortunately, missed the deadline.
According to a statement from the California Secretary of State, Trump's team did not try to remove Johnson until Tuesday, May 10, which was past the deadline.
NEW: White Nationalist William Johnson remains on Trump's delegate list. Statement from CA Secretary of State Spox: pic.twitter.com/v7DNg0QE7v— Candace Smith (@CandaceSmith_) May 11, 2016
Looks like Trump is, quite fittingly, stuck with a bigot.
In a move anyone could have predicted, the Donald Trump campaign has selected a white nationalist as one of his California delegates.
Mother Jones reports that the Trump camp selected William Johnson—“one of the country's most prominent white nationalists”— on Monday to represent Trump as a delegate.
Johnson is the leader of the American Freedom Party, an extreme right-wing party that is not dissimilar to the Ku Klux Klan in its ideology. It “exists to represent the political interests of White Americans…[and] aims to preserve the customs and heritage of the European American people.”
Johnson believes that his role as a white nationalist demonstrates the widespread appeal Trump has. He told Mother Jones that, “I just hope to show how I can be mainstream and have these views…I can be a white nationalist and be a strong supporter of Donald Trump and be a good example to everybody."
This isn’t the first (or the last) time white supremacists have come out in favor of Trump. The current Grand Imperial Wizard of the KKK recently endorsed Trump, as did David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK.
Trump has been reluctant to disavow these endorsements, and now that he has selected a white nationalist as his own delegates, it is evident where his true beliefs lie.
Johnson’s troubling ideas reflect the same thought process of many Trump supporters: “For many, many years, when I would say these things, other white people would call me names: 'Oh, you're a hatemonger, you're a Nazi, you're like Hitler. Now they come in and say, 'Oh, you're like Donald Trump.'"
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