Trump misses deadline to scratch white nationalist delegate
The Trump campaign first said he was never a delegate, and then said it was a “database error.” Now they’ve missed the deadline to get rid of him.
The Trump campaign initially denied reports that it had named William Johnson, a leader of the white nationalist American Freedom Party, as a delegate, then blamed a “database error” for his inclusion on its delegate list. But documents obtained by Mother Jones (where I used to work) show the candidate’s team emailed Johnson on Monday afternoon to congratulate him on his selection as a delegate.
Johnson told The Huffington Post on Wednesday that he has resigned as a delegate. “I will not be a delegate,” he wrote in an email. “I will not go to the convention.” But that decision came too late for the California secretary of state’s office to remove him from Trump’s list.
The deadline to submit a list of delegates to the California secretary of state’s office was Monday, May 9. The Trump campaign submitted a list of delegates on Monday “around noon” that “includes William Johnson on it,” said Sam Mahood, a spokesman for California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “The Trump campaign attempted to send a revised list after the deadline Tuesday May 10. We informed the Trump campaign we would not be accepting their revised list as it was past the statutory deadline.”