Scott Walker Calls Pro-Trump White Nationalist Robocalls ‘Outrageous’

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) denounced a white nationalist Super PAC’s get-out-the-vote efforts for Donald Trump while stumping for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) ahead of Tuesday’s primary in the state.

Speaking to reporters after wrapping up a Madison town hall with Cruz and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, Walker called the PAC’s pro-Trump robocall campaign in Wisconsin “outrageous.”

“I hope the people of this state are smart enough to see through that,” Walker said.

The American National Super PAC, run by lawyer and self-proclaimed white nationalist William Johnson, sent a prerecorded message to every landline in Wisconsin over the weekend encouraging voters to support Trump in the state’s Tuesday primary. Johnson, who also serves as the chairman for the white nationalist American Freedom Party (AFP), has launched similar robocall campaigns in other early voting states including Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and Minnesota.

“I am voting for Donald Trump because he will not only be presidential, he will put America first,” Mary Minshall, an AFP supporter, says on the PAC’s Wisconsin robocall. “Furthermore, he will respect all women and will help preserve Western Civilization.”

Like all of their robocall efforts, the Wisconsin call ends with a send-off from Johnson saying, “This message is paid for by William Johnson, a farmer and a white nationalist.”

Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he went with a less controversial message for the Wisconsin calls, but felt it was important to include at least one line about white nationalism.

“I want people to hear, to feel comfortable with, the term ‘white nationalist,'” Johnson told the newspaper.

Previous robocalls have called for keeping “beautiful white children” the majority in America and claimed that the US should only accept “well-educated white people” as immigrants.

The PAC is unaffiliated with the Trump campaign, and the GOP candidate has said, after being pressed in multiple interviews, that he “disavows” support from white nationalists like Johnson.

Trump also said in February that he would return a $250 check from Johnson, telling a supporter concerned that he was receiving donations from white nationalists to not “be so angry” about it.

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