In a sign that American politics has hit peak Family Matters, white nationalists are now sending out robocalls for Donald Trump’s campaign in Iowa. This is yet another one of those strange and increasingly moments in the politics of 2016 where I just wrote a sentence I never thought I would write in my entire life. You can listen to the robocall here. It’s only 30 seconds long, but if you can’t bare to deal with listening to white supremacist nonsense for even that long, the call ends by saying “we need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote trump.”
James Taylor, the voice on the robocall, is from a group called American Renaissance, which I admit has a Norsefire-esque ring to it.He calls himself a one-issue voter, that one issue being immigration and backs Trump because, according to the Washington Post article featuring the robocall (linked above):
“He’s attractive to many Americans who see their country slipping through their fingers. You don’t want to end your days living in an outpost of Haiti or Guatemala do you?”
Donald Trump doesn’t actually endorse white nationalist groups, to be clear, and his campaign has actually fired a couple of staffers for allegedly posting over-the-top racist material on social media. But white nationalists certainly support him. KKK “grand wizard” David Duke has endorsed Trump, his only criticism of the candidate being that Trump’s support for Israel is a bit over-the-top. And groups like American Renaissance are actively campaigning for the man in Iowa. Not by knocking on doors or anything like that. No, that wouldn’t be annoying enough apparently. Apparently spewing hate across the state of Iowa like a ruptured sewage line does across a busy street isn’t enough. The hate must be recorded and delivered in the most annoying way ever contrived by the human race: the robocall.
The robocall. Perhaps that is in fact the most fitting way to deliver information like this, in a format that will sit on someone’s answering machine for a week. “This is Randy from Chase Visa about your account,” “This is an advertisement about how much credit we have to offer you for no risk ever*”, “We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture.” Maybe the only fitting fate for a message like that is it gets laid to rest with other such needless bullshit.
Anyone’s bet on whether this helps The Donald’s campaign.