White supremacists, in campaign calls for Trump, say: ‘We don’t need Muslims’
A white supremacist group said it has placed thousands of automated phone calls in Iowa urging voters to back Donald Trump’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination because “we don’t need Muslims.”
The telephone campaign is led by the American Freedom Party, which on its website says it “shares the customs and heritage of the European American people.” The calls featured the spokesman of a white supremacist group that Dylann Roof, who is accused of gunning down nine people at a black church in South Carolina in June, reportedly had cited as inspiration.
“We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture,” Jared Taylor, editor of the supremacist magazine American Renaissance, says on the call.
Taylor is also spokesman of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a supremacist group with historic links to the White Citizens Council, a segregationist organization set up in Mississippi in 1954.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.