Today, as reported by The Hill, Donald Trump said in response to a question asked by People For the American Way (PFAW) New Hampshire Campaign Coordinator Lindsay Jakows that he would return a contribution from White Nationalist William Daniel Johnson. As Jakows referenced in the question, last week, PFAW had called on Trump to return the contribution.
PFAW President Michael B. Keegan stated:
“We’re very glad to hear that Donald Trump responded to public pressure and will return the contribution from self-described white nationalist William Daniel Johnson. This is a good first step, but Trump should follow up by renouncing the racist policies he’s been espousing on the campaign trail. Xenophobia and racism should have no place in any campaign, but we’ve seen far too much of it during the 2016 Republican presidential primary.”
Audio of the question from Lindsay Jakows:
Johnson, who refers to himself as a “white nationalist” and has specifically said that he wants “a white ethno-state, a country made up of only white people,” recorded robocalls in December 2015 to Iowans to support Donald Trump because of his bigoted stance on immigration. Earlier this month, it was revealed that he also donated to the Trump campaign.