MN robocall shows the racist company Donald Trump keeps

The robocalls to Minnesota households from the American National Super PAC explicitly state that they’re not sponsored by Donald Trump.

The audio was captured by DFL state representative Carly Melin.

  1. Listen White nationalist robocall for Donald Trump

    February 25, 2016

The calls are urging a vote for Trump, joining former KKK grand wizard David Duke embracing the policies that have earned Trump front-runner status for the GOP nomination.

William Johnson, head of the American Freedom Party, a white nationalist group, identifies himself as a “farmer” in the calls.

The robocalls come a day after white nationalist/racist David Duke, who ran for president himself a few years ago, told his radio audience “voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage.”

Trump, who has something to say about everything, has not responded to calls for him and his party to disavow support from white supremacists.

Related: Elections Podcast: Racism Among Trump’s Supporters (FiveThirtyEight)

  • Fred, Just Fred
    • lindblomeagles

      Nobody has denied Bernie was a Socialist. Even Bernie came forward with his Socialist leanings. The media, Donald Trump, and Republicans, such as yourself, are the ones who keep trying to tell us racism is not a part of Donald Trump’s makeup. That either makes you and Donald less truthful or willfully not truthful.

      • Fred, Just Fred

        Using Bob’s method, we’ve established beyond all reasonable doubt that Bernie has tossed aside his Socialist training wheels, and is now a full blown Commie.

        • Rob

          Fred, Bernie’s just using shorthand now, so he refers to himself as FBC

    • Kassie

      I’m speculating, but a real “Marxist-Leninist” would probably be in favor of Trump as President. As Lenin said, ” The main task of contemporary Communism in Western Europe and America is to learn to seek, to find, to correctly determine the specific path or the particular turn of events that will bring the masses right up against the real, last, decisive, and great revolutionary struggle.” Putting Trump in office might be what the masses finally need to start the revolution. He would be the last straw for those that are in the lowest and most oppressed classes, finally leading to the inevitable revolution that Marx predicts.

      And Bernie Sanders, he isn’t even a real progressive in my book. Jill Stein is where its at for a real progressive candidate. I wonder for who the real racists will be casting their votes, if not for Trump?

      • Fred, Just Fred

        Don’t speculate at me, speculate at the Communist party.

        • Kassie

          I don’t know if they consider themselves Marxist-Leninist. I don’t know that anyone does anymore. It is very dated theory.

          • Fred, Just Fred

            You’re right. Hopefully, CPUSA will clarify where Bernie fits in; Stalinist, Maoist, Marxist-Leninist, whatever it is they have going on down in Venezuela…so much to choose from.

          • I kinda love this “yeah, we’re racists, but at least we’re not Communists” angle.

            Who saw THAT being an actual discussion in the presidential campaign?

          • Fred, Just Fred

            Wow….Honest Bob’s Straw Man Emporium. Never saw that one coming.

            But, I’m your Huckleberry.

            Tell us Bob. Over the past 100 years, who has caused more misery and death, Communist regimes or some hillbillies in Tennessee on Da Range?

          • Tim

            I seem to recall some issues we had with a bunch of white supremacists in the 1930’s and 40’s.

          • Rob

            Fred, you do know our nation was based on slavery, right?
            It wasn’t communistss who erected this system and perpetuated its effects.

          • Rob

            Or maybe you weren’t aware of the genocide committed on native Americans? That wasn’t communists either

          • theoacme

            Or fascist regimes in Germany past, Italy past, and the United States of America past, present, and future?

          • Rob

            I know your queztion is rhetorical, cuz we all saw it coming.

          • Rob

            I bet if we check Bernie’s birth certificate, it’ll say he was born in Venezuela, and that Chavez was his brother

    • Jim in RF

      So what’s wrong with a little more socialism? If you have a Social Security card you’re a socialist? Dare you to opt out — make yourself a minister of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster and fill out IRS Form 4361. And don’t come running to me for disability or old-age payments.

    • Gordon near Two Harbors

      Bernie is an idealist. MANY young folks LOVE him, including my own kids. Will he be elected? Not a chance.

      Is he a good man? Yup.

      Could he work with Congress? Nope.

      Could Trump? Nope.

      Continued stalemate until a national disaster reshuffles the deck.

      • wjc

        I’m afraid you are correct. I said 10 years ago that we would be ungovernable for 20 years. I think I underestimated the period of time.

    • Rob

      I believe David Duke briefly considered endorsing Bernie before finally opting for Trump

  • KTN

    Used to think that being called a racist was a term of derision, but now for Trump supporters it’s a badge of honor. Pathetic.

  • lindblomeagles

    I’ve said all along on News Cut, two things: 1) several members of the Republican Party are trying to dismantle diversity; that they didn’t like President Obama because they didn’t feel an African American should be President; that they have said they want Hispanics removed from this country; that they want to discriminate against gays and lesbians; that they don’t think Black lives matter; that they are upset with the gains women have made in business and in politics; that the Voting Rights laws enacted in a handful of states (see Wisconsin) were designed to stop minorities and young people from voting; 2) Donald Trump’s lead in this year’s Republican Primary represents the candidate most likely to reverse diversity. His message has been clear since Donald announced he was running for President. Donald’s been condescending to Hispanics. He’s gone after a woman (Megyn Kelly) for challenging his authority. He hasn’t hid his feelings for Muslims. When he references “making the United States great again,” Donald isn’t talking about Reagan’s 1980s. Are any of us, Republicans, Independents, or Democrats alike, really surprised Donald Trump has allegiances, ties, support, friends, or loyalists that are racists?

    • MNIce

      You grossly misrepresent Trump and very likely nearly all of his supporters. I don’t support him at this time; he’s last on my preference of the remaining Republican candidates. But in his defense, I will point out that he has not only been very courteous to Dr. Carson, more so than any of the debate moderators ( who generally have ignored him as much as they could get away with), Trump made a point of publicly rebuking the CNN debate team after the debate for their unfair treatment of Dr. Carson. This is not the action of a racist.

      • wjc

        He might be a sneaky racist. Polite in public, but not in private. 😉

        I don’t really think Trump is truly a racist. I just think he is dismissive of anyone not named “Trump”. Muslims, Mexicans, liberals, conservatives, anybody else who he finds disgusting or disgraceful are all beneath his concern. If he needs to steamroller over them, he’ll do it in a heartbeat.

        Personally, I think empathy is an important trait for someone who is to wield the power of the presidency. I don’t think Trump has a bit of empathy.

        • Fred, Just Fred

          “He might be a sneaky racist. Polite in public, but not in private.”

          Aka: Minnesota racists.

          • wjc

            Goes WAY beyond Minnesota.

          • Fred, Just Fred

            Oh, I know. I’ve been in every state in the union, but I’ve never met more virulent closet racists than I have in Minnesota. And most are Democrats, BTW.

          • wjc

            Nice trolling.

          • Fred, Just Fred

            Just the facts, my good man.

          • wjc

            Rubbish!

          • Rob

            my sense from your posts is that you don’t have a racist bone in your body

          • theoacme

            You haven’t been in southern Illinois, Fred, it’s like Mississippi, without the gentility and charm…

          • Gordon near Two Harbors

            We just don’t like outsiders—of ANY color… LOL

      • lindblomeagles

        MNIce, any candidate receiving support from organizations like the Ku Klux Klan for most of his/her campaign is somebody who doesn’t find racism offensive. I’m so sorry to break this news to you, but I haven’t misrepresented Donald Trump at all.

        • MNIce

          Umm, no. Unless Mr. Trump was aware of and approved the support of the KKK or similar organization, their support does not imply he is a racist. A racist organization may back a candidate because they hate the opponent more than the one they back.

          In case you didn’t notice, a racist would probably not be as respectful of Dr. Carson as Mr. Trump has been. Rather, it is a striking contrast to how he has behaved towards other candidates; he’s been downright rude to most of them.

    • theoacme

      Several? Including the Clinton family, more like ALL Republicans…

      • lindblomeagles

        I can’t say All Republicans are against diversity because some Republican Party strategists did think the Party should reach out to communities of color, especially after they examined the data from the 2012 election. But the party strategists do not control Republican voters, who have been sending a very obvious, overt, alarmingly clear message since Obama’s election in 2008. It’s a message our society and the media is reluctant to acknowledge, but there is no misconstruing what that message is.

  • The issue here isn’t so much what did Donald Trump know and when did he know it? It’s a continuation of the ongoing theme over “what’s the deal with Donald Trump’s popularity?”

    That’s a story more about us than him.

    We hear a lot about voter anger but nobody has really explored what voters are angry about and why they’re responding to Trump.

    They’re responding to Trump because he’s made it acceptable to be racist and hateful again to a voting bloc that thought nothing of making ape noises during the campaign of ’08. Those people are the mainstream now.

    Intellectually dishonest is when you pretend that Donald Trump’s message isn’t tailored to appeal to that hatred and racism.

    The quacking sound is often a duck.

    • Al

      Exactly. We have ourselves to blame for not calling Trump & Co. out on their blatant racism. BLATANT.

      Per Jon Stewart, God rest his soul: http://www.cc.com/video-clips/iumigd/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart-slandero-gigante

      • Tim

        I’m pretty sure Jon Stewart is still alive.

        • Al

          (It was a joke.)

    • Fred, Just Fred

      The fact that some people are upset with issues of race doesn’t diminish the legitimacy of those that are angry about
      ~ The destruction of our public schools
      ~ The decline of our economy
      ~ The demise of our status as leaders of the free world
      ~ The wholesale abandonment of our territorial sovereignty
      ~ The fact the federal deficit now exceeds the GDP
      ~ The blatant corruption of government at all levels
      ~ The erosion of our constitutional freedoms

      That ain’t quacking you hear, Bob. It’s the bell tolling; for whom, we can’t tell.

      • kevins

        Fred, Just Fred, are you short on time today?…you forgot the destruction of the nuclear family, abandonment of traditional marriage, and the Lefties kicking prayer out of schools.

        • Fred, Just Fred

          Oh yeah, almost forgot
          ~ The left gleefully dancing on the growing ash pile

          • Gordon near Two Harbors

            No, if you look at demographic trends, the right is overwhelmingly dominated by soon-to-be DBFs…dead, buried, and forgotten.

          • Fred, Just Fred

            You mad, bro?

          • Gordon near Two Harbors

            Nope, just sober and honest.

          • Rob

            sorry I missed your earlier comments on this post, Fred, as I was busy cleaning the ashes off my feet

        • Gordon near Two Harbors

          You can pray to whatever god you choose in school. Just don’t force religious superstitions/mythology of any stripe on anyone.

      • Kassie

        But so many of these things aren’t happening if you discount racial disparities.
        -Our public schools have not been destroyed, most American children receive a great free education, as long as they are not a minority or in poverty. Same as in the 1950s.
        -Our economy is not bad. Unless you are minority, there is low unemployment and interest rates. We are in a much better place than 8 years ago.
        -We are still leaders in the “free world.” We are still involved in every part of the globe and considered a leader. Maybe not THE leader, but still a leader.
        -We still have territorial sovereignty, I’ve never even heard an argument that we don’t.
        -Corruption in government has always been and always will be. It is probably much better now than in the past. We’ve seen a number of politicians go to jail for this in the past decade. And Minnesota is consistently clean.

        As for the erosion of constitutional freedoms, I did not know you were pro-choice and helping the fight to keep the constitutionally protected right to an abortion from being further eroded. Keep up the good fight!

      • Gordon near Two Harbors

        I’m not sure what you mean by “erosion of our constitutional freedoms”.

        And “abandonment of our territorial sovereignty”? What states or territories have we given up? Please tell.

        • Fred, Just Fred

          I think I’ve left plenty of
          links to explain myself.

      • lindblomeagles

        First Fred,
        – The public schools are facing the same crisis it has always faced in the United States, low academic achievement for the vast majority of minority students. This isn’t a new problem. The cause for it is different. In the past obvious segregation, discrimination, and funding were the causes. Now, problems are associated with poverty.
        – The economy isn’t in decline. The recovery is moving slowly than in recovery’s past. China, on the other hand, IS IN decline.
        – We’re still leaders of the free world. China isn’t interested in becoming the military leader. Russia to some extent is, but not quite ready for that leap. The Middle East is a poor gauge for “leadership status.” The area is difficult to bring peace to because there are several ethnic groups that have been subjugated by the ruling Arab families there.
        – By territorial sovereignty, you mean Hispanic immigration. The Hispanics are here Fred because the American business community wants them here. You have an issue with that, take it up with McDonald’s and all the other companies that seek their skills.
        – Neither party has kept the deficit in check. In fact, the deficit was one of the reasons the GOP grew tired of George W. Bush in 2008.
        – Which leads me to your next point, corruption. As of right now, Congress is controlled by Republicans, and Republican Governors run quite a few American states. If there is corruption Fred . . .
        – Your constitutional freedoms have not been usurped. You want to use the N-word or any other derogatory comment about somebody else, you can say that in the privacy of your own home and among your friends. But, when you come to work, your focus should be on work, not the person you wish to offend. And yes, license plates belong to the State of Minnesota, not you, the car driver.

    • Henry Gowin

      People are tired of stupid people running government.

      • Fred, Just Fred

        It’s not so much stupid people, it’s self-serving opportunists. It’s dishonest, greedy, power hungry people running government.

        Personally, I’m tired of stupid people electing government. Trump is an embarrassment, but is the left any better for mocking him while cheering for a pathologically mendacious sociopath that compromised national security to ensure the security of her own secrets, or an old leftist who, after all we’ve seen of Communism, dreams of leading America to a workers revolution?

        • The world has yet to see a truly communist state. Thus far, all the “communist” states have all been dictatorships.

          • Fred, Just Fred

            Aaaand we have a winnah!

            What took you so long? 😉

          • Just stating the obvious.

            🙂

          • Fred, Just Fred

            It’s obvious that we’ve seen what happens every time people submit their individual freedom to the best interests of the community State.

            People are not ants, nor are they bees.

          • Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

          • Fred, Just Fred

            That is absolutely correct.

          • Gordon near Two Harbors

            What individual freedoms have people given up, apart from those that natural occur as a country becomes over-populated, and where everything you do affects someone else?

          • Fred, Just Fred

            Got to admit; you make a good case for closing the borders.

          • MNIce

            And how will you make communism happen without a dictatorship? “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” sounds like a great notion until you discover human nature. Most people quickly tire of feeding freeloaders, and have to be whipped into doing it in some fashion, whether it is by mean-spirited tax collectors or by government thugs dragging selected examples away in the middle of the night.

          • I was merely pointing out the fact that there hasn’t been a truly “communist” state.

          • Fred, Just Fred

            You’re right; not Communsim as designed, but Communism as guaranteed to be implemented every time.

            Just look at what has happened in Venezuela. A once wealthy nation by anyone’s standards reduced to squalor and violence in less than a decade.

            All these folks who believe that Bernie Sanders “Democratic Socialism” is not Communism with training wheels believes a woman can be just a little pregnant.

          • >>All these folks who believe that Bernie Sanders “Democratic Socialism” is not Communism with training wheels<<

            I respectfully disagree with this assessment.

          • Fred, Just Fred

            And you are well within your right to disagree, history withstanding.

        • Henry Gowin

          That may be your opinion but most Trump supporters don’t agree.

          People are tired of government decisions being made based on party lines and not on what is best for the country. They realize that today’s officials have no expertise in the issues at hand so these officials allow their party to do their thinking for them.

          The lack of reasoning in policy making has led to a political system that is far more polarized that the state of the nation. The mess in government reflects the divide between the extreme positions of the parties and not the will of the masses.

          In order to get government back on the right track, Trump supporters want to elect a leader who will make common sense decisions, not ideological ones that result in terrible consequences for the nation.

          • Craig

            I agree with your assessment of the current state of affairs but am not sure how Trump figures in on the common sense solution.

          • Henry Gowin

            Trump supporters would say that decisions will be made by more people informed about the issues and fewer stupid people.

          • wjc

            Still not clear how Trump improves things.

          • Henry Gowin

            You may not agree but:

            Trump is not a stupid person.

            Can’t make it simpler than that.

          • wjc

            Are you saying that all other presidential contenders ARE stupid?

            I don’t think that Trump is stupid, but I do think that he puts his intelligence to work for the benefit of one person: Trump. I also don’t see him as a deep thinker in terms of policy. I generally believe that he wants to be elected president, but he doesn’t actually want to BE the president.

          • Henry Gowin

            Re the first question:

            Clinton tried to convince the American people that the attack on the Benghazi facility was not an act of terrorism – pretty stupid.

            Sanders is upset that Black Americans get saddled with criminal records while no one on Wall Strret was convicted of a crime re the banking crisis; yet, Clinton’s criminal activity re her email doesn’t seem to be worthy of his interest – pretty stupid.

            Cruz wants to carpet-bomb Syria while bringing Christian values to the white house – pretty stupid.

            And Rubio spent the first four caucuses/primary elections saying that he wasn’t going to bad mouth the other Republican candidates yet last night and today he has attacked Trump relentlessly – again, pretty darn stupid.

            Re whether or not Trump wants to BE president, he best be careful what he asks for because it may come true.

          • wjc

            Smart people can do stupid things. I’m not going to debate the specific issues above, but if doing one stupid thing means that a person is therefore and for all times “stupid”, then we all need to be labeled as such. Even Trump.

          • Fred, Just Fred

            One stupid thing? How many times does Hillary have to get tangled in her husband’s and her own lies before we can say she’s pretty darned stupid. Arrogance doesn’t come close to explaining her.

          • Gordon near Two Harbors

            True. He has been smart enough to dupe the system into allowing several bankruptcies, and the populous into accepting his several (immoral) divorces.

          • Madame Mildew

            No, but he’s a narcissistic, self serving, racist blowhard.

          • An example? And how he intends to do that?

          • Fred, Just Fred

            Extra strength *New and Improved* Hope and Change, probably.

          • Gordon near Two Harbors

            While you are generally correct in your assessment, you fail to recognize that the American public as a whole is:

            –not overly educated
            –indoctrinated to believe in some variety of religious mythology (take your pick) instead of reason.
            –ignorant of economic principles
            –against taxes, but in favor of entitlements

            Our government only reflects all of this.

          • Henry Gowin

            As long as there are experts to consult with the administration, the public has the right to expect efficiency in government even if the public itself is ignorant.

            Americans generally embrace the seperation of church and state. They understand that faith cannot be legislated.

            Most businesses are ignorant of economic principles; however, most understand the bottom line – success or failure.

            No one wants to pay taxes but when we are forced to pay into a program, we want the benefit. If enrollment in obamacare, medicare and social security were optional, we might not see full participation. Government doesn’t allow voluntary enrollment because if it did, the policy makers would see that, overall, the free market will outperform government — and that’s bad news for bureaucrats.

          • Seems to me the free market had a crack at proving it worked w.r.t. health care. And it only worked for people who could afford it.

            It’s still “working” as the sharp rise in prescription drugs seems to be continuing, putting medication out of the reach of people. But this isn’t a new problem. It’s been that way for years…. continuing to get worse.

            the only thing that’s changed is no politician currently sees it as a problem worth talking about.

          • Henry Gowin

            By making obamacare mandatory, insurance providers gained the power to set the rates in a non-competitive market because buyers had to choose a plan. No plan was not an option.

            Obama promised that the “exchange” would lower the cost to the buyer but the “smart” insurance companies outsmarted the “stupid” administration.

            If having a plan was optional, insurance companies would have to lower the price of the plans in order to attract enough participants to yield the most revenue for the overall program.

            Once the affordable rates were set, the federal government could have subsidized low income participants who needed additional help.

            The free market works when buyers and sellers have freedom to enter and leave the marketplace.

            The old system, that you seem to think failed, had a system of clinics and safety-net hospitals to care for low income patients. The idea that the uninsured were not getting medical care is false.

            If healthcare costs rose after the implementation of obamacre, then they must have been lower under the old system and no one is accusing obamacare of providing “better” service.

            Replacing a system that was bad for a few with a system that is bad for everyone is “stupid.”

          • // If healthcare costs rose after the implementation of obamacre, then they must have been lower under the old system and no one is accusing obamacare of providing “better” service.

            When’s the last time health care (and I assume what we’re talking about here is health insurance premiums) didn’t rise?

          • wjc

            Very true. Premiums, deductibles, co-pays all have been rising on a fairly steady trajectory for decades. There is no free market in health care.

          • wjc

            What is “stupid” is thinking there has been a free market “system” in health care for the last 40 years or so. First, no sane person would ever call it a system. It’s a mess. Since I can only access my health care via a policy set up by my employer, it is not a free market at all.

            Just a suggestion, but you might want to go easier on the word “stupid”.

          • Henry Gowin

            How can I when “stupid” is the perfect word to describe the people who run our government?

          • wjc

            And Trump is trying to pick up the mantle. How encouraging. By your definition of stupid, Donald is as dumb as a stump.

          • Henry Gowin

            That may be your opinion.

            How you came to that conclusion is beyond me. But then truthfully, I don’t care.

          • wjc

            Oh, I don’t know. Several failed marriages. Several bankruptcies. His fix for health care: repeal ACA, replace it with something better. What? Dunno. Something better.

            Stay classy, Henry!

          • Jeffrey

            “The old system, that you seem to think failed, had a system of clinics
            and safety-net hospitals to care for low income patients. The idea that
            the uninsured were not getting medical care is false.”
            You obviously never have been without health insurance or have a pre-existing condition.

          • Fred, Just Fred

            And it only worked for people who could afford it.

            Little sketchy on your understanding of how a free market works, Bob.

          • Good imitation. Dead ringer.

        • John O.

          “Democracy is the only form of government where the people get exactly what they deserve.” – Sir Winston Churchill

          • Fred, Just Fred

            Man, don’t I wish I could argue against that….

  • kevins

    We got one of these calls about a half-hour into last night’s food fight. What a privilege to be cared about by these generous and open minded folks! We don’t blame Trump however, as we take it as more of a republican thing.

  • chlost

    Let’s consider the candidate options from the Trump supporters’ point of view: A black Republican doctor, two Republicans with Hispanic-sounding last names, a woman, and a Jewish man. From their perspective, the only guy “like them” is Trump. A racist, loud-mouthed, white guy who has had numerous financial crises fits their self identification and may seem to be their best option for maintaining their hope of “supremacy”. Not all that surprising.

    • Fred, Just Fred

      “two Republicans with Hispanic-sounding last names..

      But not real Hispanics, eh? Not dark complected enough? No accent to their English?

      Jeeze.

      • chlost

        My comment reflects what I perceive as the view of those Trump supporters. I am saying that I think that to them, those names sound Hispanic, and that is enough in their minds, regardless of the candidates’ complexions, or any accent-or lack of one. If you are thinking that it reflects anything about my personal views, you are incorrect. By a longshot. Calm.

        • Fred, Just Fred

          Projecting racism is harder than I’d imagine.

          • chlost

            Perhaps I’m still not explaining this clearly enough. I think that to the Trump supporters, those names sound Hispanic, and they would never support a candidate who in their mind might be Hispanic. So my thoughts on that make me racist, is that your point?

          • Fred, Just Fred

            I see your point. Deciding you know what people you don’t know, think, is more bigotry than racism.

  • Chris

    I’ve read it other places and it holds true here. “Not all Republicans are racists. But all racists are Republicans.”

    • MNIce

      “The American Freedom Party” is not the Republican Party. It’s a tiny bunch of light-skinned morons who believe that somehow one’s natural skin pigmentation or ancestry is a factor in that person’s value as a person. Ironically, the people they cite as evidence for their viewpoint are dark-skinned morons who express the same viewpoint. In general, their platform is a strange mix of libertarianism, labor union protectionism, and Democrat-style statism and support for keeping abortion legal.

      The AFP has its own candidate for President. I suspect the robocall is a fake; it appears to be somebody’s dirty political trick to fool people into labeling Donald Trump as a racist. Apparently the author of this report was taken in by it.

  • Gordon near Two Harbors

    Racism is a two-way street–something the media NEVER wants to talk about. Is Trump a racist? Maybe. Probably? He sure can sound like one. Are many members of the Black Lives Matter crowd racists? Hell Yes! Racism cuts across all political, economic, and racial lines. Having gone to a mixed-race junior high school I can assure you that a whole lot of people, regardless of race, are racist. People tend to favor folks who are like them (and distrust others), as has been the case since day one.

    • Kassie

      Please enlighten us on how BLM is racist., Gordon near Two Harbors. Have you had lots of racist interactions with them up there in Two Harbors? People you know to be racist are joining in? Are they excluding certain races from their protests or work?

      • Fred, Just Fred

        Actually, they did exactly that at Mizzou.

      • Gordon near Two Harbors

        You should re-read my post. There are racists EVERYWHERE, to a certain degree–even up here.