Donald Trump is getting support in Iowa from a white nationalist group.
Beginning this weekend, rolling robocalls from the American Freedom Party are urging Iowans to vote for the billionaire media mogul in the 2016 election. William Johnson, a farmer and chairman of the self-proclaimed white nationalist party, urges voters receviing the call to "support Donald Trump."
In a press release issued Friday from the American Freedom Party, Johnson announced that his super political action committee, the American National Super PAC paid for the robocalls, as well as radio airtime from Jan. 12-22.
He is joined by Filipino American minister Ronald Tan, host of the radio program "For God and Country", and Jared Taylor, founder of the New Century Foundation and the conservative monthly magazine American Resistance. Taylor's think tank and publication have been labeled as "white supremacist" by several civil rights groups, including the Anti-Defamation League. Taylor denies the term describes his views.
Taylor has said that Trump is the only candidate who would be "good for white people." In an interview with Fox News Radio last year, Taylor was asked by host Alan Colmes why he thinks Trump might be the "last best hope for white Americans." Taylor's reply was, "well because it is obviously in the interest of whites to maintain a white majority in the United States."
In the press release, Tan said he decided to join white nationalists in supporting Trump because "America has lost its direction. Donald Trump is called 'The Great White Hope' for racially conscious whites, but he is also called of God to make America great again."
"Donald Trump says what he believes. He may be weak and foolish in the eyes of man, but he is qualified to be an instrument in God's hands," Tan said.
Less than four weeks out from the Iowa caucuses, Trump is trailing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Iowa according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, and sits in second place in the Washington Examiner's presidential power rankings.
A request for comment from the Trump campaign went unanswered as of press time.
The text of the robocall is as follows:
"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."