No. This election could not get any crazier.
In fact, I’m pretty sure we’re at peak-level nuts, right now.
We’re used to the stories about the white nationalist idiots and their robocalls in favor of Herr Trump. What’s different about this story is the target of, and nature of this particular caller.
William Johnson, who leads the American Freedom Party, paid $2,000 for the call that attacks independent conservative Evan McMullin, who polls show is in a tight three-way race against the Republican presidential nominee and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Beehive State.
The call will go to about 193,600 landlines between Monday and Wednesday evening. In it, Johnson identifies himself as a farmer and white nationalist. He then criticizes McMullin for wanting to give legal status to many undocumented immigrants and goes after him personally.
Johnson notes McMullin’s mother divorced his father and is now married to a woman and that McMullin is 40 and single. He calls McMullin a “closet homosexual.”
Well, he seems sweet.
McMullin has stated that he values traditional marriage, and that he wishes to marry and have children, someday soon.
He also adds that he is single now because he spent his 20s and early 30s as a CIA operative, often working overseas.
Johnson sent a similar robocall to Utahns in March after Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, ripped Trump as a “fraud” and criticized him for not clearly denouncing racist leaders.
In that recorded call, Johnson said: “The white race is being replaced by other peoples in America and in all white countries. Donald Trump stands strong as a nationalist. Mitt Romney and the establishment conservatives pretend they don’t care.”
McMullin said he gets criticized and harassed online every day by white supremacists who support Trump.
Somehow, I think he can handle these internet tough guys.
“I’m happy to pay that price,” he said.
Johnson believes that once he unleashes his moronic, racist robocalls, Trump will suddenly begin to look better to the Utah voters who were previously repulsed by him.
In the latest polling, Trump leads McMullin by 2 percentage points, and the gap is closing fast, when you consider other polls.