The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Donald Trump will be on the ballot not once, but twice in California.
Trump will be listed as both the Republican Party nominee and the nominee of the far right American Independent Party.
The American Independent Party is best known for supporting segregationist George Wallace in the 1968 election where he won five states, a feat that has not been replicated by any third party candidate since.
“We are the demographic that Trump is appealing to,” Markham Robinson, the secretary of the American Independent Party of California told the LA Times. “We are heeding the voice of our voters.”
The LA Times reported that Trump didn’t explicitly work to be nominated by the party or to be the first candidate in 80 years to be on the ballot for two parties, but Trump’s position on immigration– his proposal to build a wall and deport millions of undocumented immigrants– appealed to the party.
“Mr. Trump’s campaign did not seek the endorsement or nomination of
the American Independent Party,” Tim Clark, Trump’s state director, told the LA Times in an emailed statement.