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January 14, 2016 5

White Supremacist Backing Trump Has Ties to Hardcore Racists

William John­son, the head of the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP), has paid for a series of robo­calls and radio time in Iowa in sup­port of Don­ald Trump’s can­di­dacy. In a recent inter­view on CNN, Trump dis­avowed the robo­calls but said that “peo­ple are angry at what’s going on.”

On the calls, John­son urges peo­ple to sup­port Trump while refer­ring to  him­self as a farmer and a white nation­al­ist. The calls also include a pitch for Trump from another white suprema­cist, Jared Tay­lor, who runs the Amer­i­can Renais­sance web­site. The site fea­tures arti­cles that pur­port to demon­strate the intel­lec­tual and cul­tural supe­ri­or­ity of whites.

William Johnson

William John­son

While John­son projects a suit and tie image as a lawyer and activist, he has long courted the more hard­core mem­bers of the white suprema­cist move­ment. This past sum­mer, he was a speaker at Camp Com­radery 2015, a white suprema­cist event in Bak­ers­field, Cal­i­for­nia, that included racist skin­heads from var­i­ous groups, includ­ing Blood and Honor, Golden State Skin­heads and Cal­i­for­nia Skinheads.

At the event, John­son encour­aged atten­dees to run for polit­i­cal office and to pro­mote a pro-white mes­sage to the public.

Another speaker at the event was Matthew Heim­bach, the founder of the white suprema­cist Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work, and a vir­u­lent anti-Semite. At the event, Heim­bach gave a speech blam­ing Jews for destroy­ing the white race.

In Feb­ru­ary 2012, John­son attended a demon­stra­tion in Los Ange­les for the South Africa Project, a national ini­tia­tive to advo­cate against alleged white geno­cide in South Africa. A num­ber of racist skin­heads par­tic­i­pated in the event.

For years, John­son has pro­moted the idea of a white ethno-state in Amer­ica. In the 1980s, John­son, under the pseu­do­nym “James O. Pace,” pro­moted a scheme called the “Pace Amend­ment” to a vari­ety of peo­ple, includ­ing mem­bers of the U.S. Con­gress and state legislatures.

The Pace Amend­ment would have elim­i­nated the Four­teenth Amend­ment (which grants auto­matic cit­i­zen­ship to any­one born in the United States) and lim­ited cit­i­zen­ship only to “non-Hispanic whites of the Euro­pean race, in whom there is no ascer­tain­able trace of Negro Blood, nor more than one-eighth Mon­go­lian, Asian, Asia Minor, Mid­dle East­ern, Semitic, Near East­ern, Amer­i­can Indian, Malay or other non-European or non-white blood.” Those who did not fit this cat­e­gory, includ­ing Jews, would be repa­tri­ated to places deemed their coun­tries of origin.

A 1987 ADL report on the Pace Amend­ment iden­ti­fied ties between John­son and a range of neo-Nazi orga­ni­za­tions and lead­ers, includ­ing the now-deceased Richard But­ler, then leader of the neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations; Dan Gay­man, a leader in the white suprema­cist Chris­t­ian Iden­tity move­ment; and Tom Met­zger, who was closely aligned with the racist skin­head move­ment in the 1980s and 1990s. John­son is also a long-time asso­ciate of Klan leader Thom Robb and has been a guest speaker at Robb’s events.

While John­son is pur­port­edly try­ing to reach out to dis­af­fected whites on behalf of Trump, he pre­sum­ably would like to win those same peo­ple over to his white suprema­cist ideology.


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February 28, 2012 Off

White Supremacist Dennis Mahon Found Guilty in 2004 Bombing

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A jury in Ari­zona found Den­nis Mahon, 61, a long­time white suprema­cist and anti-Semite, guilty in the 2004 mail bomb­ing that severely injured Don Logan, an African-American who was direc­tor of Scottsdale’s Diver­sity and Dia­logue Office at the time. The jury, how­ever, stopped short of call­ing the inci­dent a hate crime.
The jury found Den­nis Mahon guilty on three charges: con­spir­acy to dam­age build­ings and prop­erty by means of explo­sives, mali­cious dam­age of a build­ing by means of explo­sives, and dis­tri­b­u­tion of infor­ma­tion related to explo­sives. Also charged in the case was Mahon’s twin brother Daniel, but the jury found Daniel not guilty of the one charge against him: con­spir­acy to dam­age build­ings and properties.
Police orig­i­nally arrested the Mahon broth­ers in June 2009. The arrests fol­lowed a lengthy inves­ti­ga­tion of the mail bomb­ing, which occurred on Feb­ru­ary 26, 2004, when a box addressed to Logan exploded when he tried to open it at his Scotts­dale office.

Both broth­ers have a long his­tory of involve­ment in the white suprema­cist move­ment. Den­nis Mahon held lead­er­ship posi­tions within var­i­ous white suprema­cist groups in the Mid­west in the 1980s and 1990s, includ­ing the Ku Klux Klan and White Aryan Resis­tance (WAR), a now-defunct group led by well-known racist Tom Met­zger. Met­zger has long advo­cated “lone wolf” activ­ity. Accord­ing to the lone wolf model, indi­vid­u­als and small cells engage in activ­ity that leave behind the fewest clues for law enforce­ment author­i­ties, decreas­ing the chances that activists will end up get­ting caught. 

Den­nis Mahon report­edly moved to Ari­zona from the Mid­west in 2001 to estab­lish WAR’s pres­ence in the area. His brother Daniel joined him in Arizona.

Daniel Mahon was also an active white suprema­cist. In May 1999, accord­ing to court papers, Amer­i­can Air­lines fired him after he vio­lated writ­ten work rules that “pro­hib­ited threat­en­ing and intim­i­dat­ing behav­ior toward other employ­ees and con­duct detri­men­tal to other employ­ees and Amer­i­can Air­lines.” Mahon was under inves­ti­ga­tion by the com­pany for his activ­i­ties related to his par­tic­i­pa­tion in a “Cau­casian Employee Resource Group.”

ADL pro­vided assis­tance to inves­ti­ga­tors through­out the lengthy case.

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