One of America’s most preeminent white supremacists has provided the voice for a recorded message enthusiastically endorsing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The message was delivered to homes across Iowa this past weekend.
The pro-Trump robocall message from Jared Taylor, founder and editor of American Renaissance, urged registered voters to support Trump in the Feb. 1 Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus, The Christian Science Monitor reports.
The American Freedom Party, a marginal political party which champions returning immigrants who have become American citizens to their countries of origin, coordinated the robocall operation. The party’s political action committee, American National super PAC, funded it.
The Washington Post has published a full audio recording the call, which lasts about 20 seconds.
“I’m Jared Taylor with American Renaissance,” Taylor says in his message. “I urge you to vote for Donald Trump because he is the one candidate who points out that we should accept immigrants who are good for America. We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.”
Taylor told the Post he believes his white separatist views fully align with Trump’s views on immigration.
“I think what he’s done is a very important thing,” the white nationalist said. “He’s the first candidate in decades to say almost explicitly that immigration should be in the interest of Americans and not just immigrants.”
The self-proclaimed advocate of “racial realism” — who was born in Japan and spent the first 16 years of his life there — opined that Trump’s current views on immigration will resonate with primary voters.
“He’s attractive to many Americans who see their country slipping through their fingers,” Taylor told the Post. “You don’t want to end your days living in an outpost of Haiti or Guatemala do you?”
Taylor’s American Renaissance lauds “racial consciousness” as “normal and healthy.” “Up until just a few decades ago whites had a racial consciousness that was just as strong as that of other groups,” the monthly magazine asserts.
Immigration is the issue that has galvanized national support behind Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Despite his current hard-line immigration approach, however, and perhaps to Taylor’s ultimate dismay, the billionaire’s immigration views have vacillated constantly for nearly two decades. (RELATED: From Immigration To Guns To Abortion, Donald Trump Must Reckon With His Progressive History)
Trump was an immigration opponent in 1999 but an eager proponent of a generous pathway to legal status by 2011. By 2015, he had switched to opposition to illegal immigration except that he supports a merit system for millions of illegal immigrants.
As recently as 2012, Trump endorsed a broad pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens that is remarkably similar to President Barack Obama’s plan for comprehensive immigration reform.
U.S. immigration policy “must take care of this incredible problem that we have with respect to immigration, with respect to people wanting to be wonderful productive citizens of this country,” the real estate magnate told journalist Ronald Kessler in the immediate aftermath after the 2012 election.
The tycoon condemned Republicans for “mean-spirited” attacks on illegal immigration and for a “maniacal” policy of self-deportation in 2012. He suggested that hostility on immigration partially cost Mitt Romney the presidency. (RELATED: IRONY: Rubio Has Been Tougher On Illegal Immigration Than Trump)
In 2011, Trump similarly suggested that the way to deal with America’s 15 million illegal immigrants is on a case-by-case basis. “You’re going to have to look at the individual people,” Trump told Bill O’Reilly.
“I’m a very big believer in the merit system,” Trump explained in July 2015, a day after a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border. “Some of these people have been here, they’ve done a good job. You know, in some cases, sadly, they’ve been living under the shadows,” he explained.
Trump’s hiring practices as a commercial real estate developer are an albatross around his neck relating to the immigration issue.
Records show that Trump’s own businesses have not, at times, hired Americans first.
An August 2015 analysis by Reuters demonstrates that various companies owned by Trump have imported at least 1,100 foreign workers since 2000.
Since 2006, Trump’s genteel Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, Fla. has alone sought to import 787 foreign laborers. The 62,000-square-foot club, which charges $100,000 for membership privileges, sought to import 70 foreign workers as waiters, cooks and low-level cleaning staff just this summer.
During the last 30 years, Trump has employed illegal aliens for his multitude of construction projects.
A worker at the construction site of the posh, soon-to-be-opened $200 million Trump International Hotel near the White House in Washington, D.C. has claimed that Trump currently employs many laborers illegal immigrants.
“The majority of us are Hispanics, many who came illegally,” a stone mason working at the site told The Washington Post — in Spanish — in July 2015. Several other interviewees admitted that they had entered the United States illegally — mostly from Central America. Some remain undocumented, they said.
Trump addressed the charge by pointing to a long history of immigration in the United States.
“I mean, ultimately, we were all sort of in the group of immigrants, right?” Trump said this summer in his defense on CNN.
In the 1980s, Trump hired a group of 200 Polish laborers — many of them illegal aliens — to demolish an architecturally significant building which stood where the glittering Trump Tower now stands on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
Trump paid the illegal Polish workers $5 per hour — if he paid them at all — at a time when the federally-mandated minimum wage was $7.40, according to testimony in a federal lawsuit. The illegal demolition men logged dangerous 12-hour shifts with zero overtime and slept on the construction site, they said. Trump’s contractor withheld no Social Security taxes and made no pension payments, the workers also alleged. When they complained, Trump’s contractor allegedly threatened them with deportation.
The plaintiffs in the case, which included an FBI informant who claimed to be an adviser in Trump’s inner circle, said Trump knew about the illegal workers but pushed hard to finish the job in a frantic effort to meet financing deadlines.
After nearly 20 years of legal wrangling, Trump eventually settled with the illegal Polish workers for an undisclosed sum.
In 2015, the would-be chief executive of the United States insisted that the buck did not stop with him for hiring illegal aliens at $5 per hour. He called questions about the illegal immigrants his company had hired “pretty pathetic.” (RELATED: The Top 15 People Who Have Endorsed Donald Trump For President)