ST. GEORGE – The man behind robocalls to Utahns asking them to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over independent candidate Evan McMullin apologized for the “mean-spirited message” and shut the calls down.
William Johnson, a self-identified white nationalist and Trump supporter, issued a statement Wednesday apologizing in the wake of many – including the Trump campaign – denouncing the robocalls.
In the call, Johnson said he believed McMullin was likely a “closet homosexual” due to his being 40 and unmarried. He also made note of McMullin’s mother being married to a woman, saying “Evan has two mommies” and that he supported same-sex marriage and was “an open-borders ancestry supporter.”
McMullin told Fox 13 News Tuesday that while his mother is indeed married to another woman, they do not agree on the matter of same-sex marriage. As to being 40 and unmarried with no children, McMullin told the Salt Lake Tribune his 11-year career in the CIA hadn’t lent well to dating.
In Johnson’s statement apologizing for the robocall, he said, “I am sorry for the mean-spirited message and I humbly retract its contents.”
Johnson goes on to explain why he made the calls to Utah voters – which includes a worry about low rates of marriage and births among white people.
I sent the robocalls out because Utah is a strong family-values state and America and the West is gripped by an extreme and fatal malady: failure to marry and have children. The white birth rate is so astonishingly low that Western Civilization will soon cease to exist. I felt that Evan McMullin typified that perfidious mentality.
McMullin has yet to respond to the apology, though in a series of Tweets he posted in response to the robocall, he said it was another “desperate attack” spreading “baseless lies” by Trump’s “racist supporters.”
“Just as Donald Trump has issued a heart-felt apology for his past locker room talk, I too issue a heartfelt apology for this robocall,” Johnson said. “I should not have sent it out. I am truly sorry.”
The calls started going out Monday night to voters in Utah, where polls show McMullin is threatening Trump.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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