The Donald Trump campaign on Monday denounced a robocall recorded by William Johnson, a white nationalist Trump supporter, bashing independent candidate Evan McMullin.
“We strongly condemn this rhetoric and these activities of which we have no knowledge,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in a statement to CNN.
In his robocall set to run in Utah, William Johnson, a white nationalist who has expressed his support for Trump throughout the election cycle, says that McMullin is a “closet homosexual,” according to a recording of the call published by the Daily Beast.
“Evan McMullin is an open borders, amnesty supporter. Evan has two mommies. His mother is a lesbian, married to another woman. Evan is okay with that. Indeed, Evan supports the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage,” Johnson says in the call. “Evan is over 40 years old and is not married and doesn’t even have a girlfriend. I believe Evan is a closet homosexual. Don’t vote for Evan McMullin. Vote for Donald Trump. He will respect all women and be a president we can all be proud of.”
In the call, Johnson identifies himself as a white nationalist and says that he paid for the ad for his super PAC, American National.
When asked by the Daily Beast where he found the claims about McMullin, Johnson cited Wikipedia, a Reddit thread, and “word on the street.”
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