A self-proclaimed white nationalist has apologized for the robocalls he sent out in Utah that disparaged independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, but the former CIA officer's campaign is directing the blame toward Donald Trump.
William Johnson, founder of the Donald Trump American National super PAC and an ardent supporter of the GOP presidential nominee, announced Wednesday that he would cancel the third and final day of the robocalls that ran in Utah.
Johnson told TheBlaze Wednesday that he was “truly sorry” for the calls that attempted to out McMullin as gay and criticize him for having "two mommies." He admitted that he “should not have sent” them out in the first place.
Trump's campaign disavowed the calls, but McMullin's campaign still placed the blame squarely on the Republican standard-bearer.
“The robocalls have already ran, and the damage is done,” Rina Shah, a spokeswoman for McMullin, said Wednesday night.
She added that the “false attack” on McMullin “seems to be one more element of a desperate whisper campaign launched and directed from Trump Tower.”
“And after being caught, they forced their ally to apologize,” Shah told TheBlaze.
Johnson said he had not been contacted by Trump or his campaign but did receive several emails and phone calls regarding the robocalls that caused him to have a change of heart.
Still, McMullin pointed to Trump as the catalyst behind the robocalls:
Trump Tower may have directed white supremacist William Johnson to apologize for the robocall, but the real apology should come from Donald Trump for normalizing and mainstreaming extremists like Johnson. For generations, candidates of both parties have rejected the kind of racial hatred Johnson represents and have embraced the idea that all men and women are created equal. Naturally, not every Trump supporter is racist, but from the alt-right to the Ku Klux Klan, every racist in America has seemingly flocked to Trump’s cause.
Johnson told TheBlaze Wednesday that he had not spoken to the McMullin campaign but would welcome a discussion. The campaign did not respond to a request for comment on if a meeting between McMullin and Johnson could take place.
Trump leads Utah by 6 points, according to Real Clear Politics' aggregated polling data, but McMullin is a threat to the GOP nominee as he's polling close behind Trump.
And the two men have certainly clashed before on the campaign trail. Trump called the Independent candidate a "puppet turned loser" during an interview on Fox News last month as he contended that no one had "ever heard of" McMullin.
In response, McMullin tweeted that Trump was unaware of who he is because "while you were harassing women at beauty pageants, I was fighting terrorists abroad."
.@realDonaldTrump, Yes you’ve never heard of me because while you were harassing women at beauty pageants, I was fi… https://t.co/AZwl6oAJSd— Evan McMullin (@Evan McMullin) 1477795520.0
.@realDonaldTrump, we will not sit by while two corrupt, self-serving, big government liberals like you and Clinton destroy our country.— Evan McMullin (@Evan McMullin) 1477795623.0