A prominent white supremacist and one-time Donald Trump delegate paid for robocalls claiming the independent, long-shot candidate Evan McMullin is a “closet homosexual” because he’s over 40 years old and still single.
William Johnson, a California attorney and self-described “white nationalist” said the calls started to go out Monday night in Utah, a particularly weak spot on the map for Trump where McMullin is polling within six points of the Republican nominee.
But it’s the audio of the call, posted by the Daily Beast, that’s truly insane.
Johnson begins by introducing himself as “a farmer and a white nationalist,” saying, “I make this call against Evan McMullin and in support of Donald Trump.”
“Evan McMullin is an open borders amnesty-supporter,” he continues at a rushed clip. “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.”
Um, OK, crazy man. But it gets worse!
“Evan is over 40 years old and is not married and doesn’t even have a girlfriend. I believe Evan is a closet homosexual,” Johnson says. “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.”
Johnson didn’t offer up any evidence to support the claims about McMullin’s sexuality in the call, but cited a Reddit thread and “word on the street” as all the evidence he needs in an interview with the Daily Beast. After a divorce from McMullin's father, his mother is in a relationship with a woman.
The Trump campaign, for their part, quickly distanced themselves from the call.
“We have no knowledge of these activities and strongly condemn any message of hate and any individuals associated with such," a campaign spokesman said in a statement to Fusion on Tuesday.
McMullin tweeted that the robocalls are "another desperate attack" from "Trump and his racist supporters."
It’s not the first time that Johnson has made robocalls for the candidate, who’s beloved by white supremacists for his tough talk on immigration and penchant for retweeting virulent racists. During the Republican primary race in February, Johnson’s American National Super PAC bankrolled anti-Marco Rubio robocalls urging voters in Vermont and Minnesota not to vote for “a Cuban” and to back Trump as a stand against the “gradual genocide against the white race.”
You can listen to audio of the robocall via the Daily Beast: