April 4, 2016

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that robocalls from a self-described "White Nationalist" are being received in Wisconsin ahead of tomorrow's primary.

The sponsor of the calls is William Johnson, and the call is voiced by a woman named Mary Mitchell. She says Donald Trump will make a great president and she is voting for him, and other nice things about Donald, then she says the words "White Nationalist" like it's her secret ingredient for pie crust. Johnson

said the reaction was not as negative as it has been in other states, largely because the message was less controversial and the script was read by someone with a "sweet, grandmotherly voice." The robocall makes only a brief mention about white nationalism, which Johnson said he felt was important.

"I want people to hear, to feel comfortable with, the term 'white nationalist,'" said Johnson, a Los Angeles lawyer and persimmon farmer.

The guy's been eating or smoking too many persimmons if he thinks hearing the term 'white nationalist' is going to make most voters comfortable with the term. But Republican primary voters? In this race, in this year, it seems bigotry sells.

Admittedly Donald Trump had nothing to do with the ad, but it's important to be aware of these racist efforts, and their success rates. The strong presence of white supremacists in the Republican Party since 1964 is something every Republican candidate at every level must answer for. And don't get me started on conservative pundits.

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