Alt-Right Dreams Of Trump Cabinet Full Of White Nationalists As GOP Fractures

With over two dozen congressional Republicans defecting from their party’s nominee, Donald Trump’s white nationalist supporters see an opening to staff a possible Trump administration with their own kind.

On Saturday, The Guardian attended a meeting of the white nationalist American Freedom Party in Los Angeles, where chairman William Johnson held forth about the ideal members for a Trump cabinet.

“I want Jared Taylor [of American Renaissance] as UN Ambassador, and Kevin MacDonald [an evolutionary psychologist] as secretary of health and Ann Coulter as homeland security,” Johnson said, according to the Guardian.

Johnson told The Guardian that he fantasized about those unlikely choices three months ago during a conversation with alt-right icon Richard Spencer. According to Johnson, Spencer said at the time that having individuals like Taylor, who runs a white nationalist magazine and conference series, in the White House was a “pipe dream.”

Now, however, he said there was hope.

“If Trump wins, all the establishment Republicans, they’re gone,” Johnson said, according to the Guardian. “They hate him! So who’s left? If we can lobby, we can put our people in there.”

Johnson chairs the American National Super PAC, which has bankrolled radio ads and robocalls in support of Trump, and he briefly served as a California delegate for the campaign until the media asked Trump staffers about his status. (The campaign attributed his inclusion as a delegate to a “database error.”)

The real estate mogul’s poll numbers sank this weekend and the Republican Party was thrown into crisis after a video leaked in which Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Given the state of the race, the alt-right’s fantasy cabinet remains a rather distant dream.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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