A self-described white nationalist has suspended a series of robocalls in Utah that falsely attacked independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin as gay following backlash from Donald Trump's campaign.
"I am sorry for the mean-spirited message and I humbly retract its contents," William Johnson said in an email to TheBlaze. "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 cease to exist," he continued. "I felt that Evan McMullin typified that perfidious mentality."
The calls were to reach approximately 193,000 voters in Utah where McMullin is seen as a serious challenger to the Republican presidential nominee as well as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The calls cost the pro-Trump super PAC Donald Trump American National super PAC roughly $2,o00, TheBlaze previously reported.
The calls said:
Hello, My name is William Johnson. I am a farmer and a white nationalist. I make this call against Evan McMullin and in support of Donald Trump. Evan McMullin is an open-borders, amnesty supporter. Evan has two mommies. His mother is a lesbian, married to another woman. Evan is OK with that. Indeed, Evan supports the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Evan is over 40 years old and is not married and doesn’t even have a girlfriend. I believe Evan is a closet homosexual. Don’t vote for Evan McMullin. Vote for Donald Trump. He will respect all women and be a president we can all be proud of.
Trump's campaign quickly disavowed the robocalls by the California man.
"We strongly condemn this rhetoric and these activities of which we have no knowledge," spokeswoman Hope Hicks said Monday.
Johnson told TheBlaze Wednesday that neither the Trump or McMullin campaign reached out to him to request he end the robocalls. He did say, however, that he would be willing to talk with McMullin or his campaign about the calls and his reasoning for them.
In his email, Johnson said that he is "truly sorry" for the calls:
Donald Trump’s campaign has repudiated my robocall and many people from Utah and beyond have excoriated me for it as well. 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. I should not have sent out.
McMullin told TheBlaze's Glenn Beck on Wednesday that he is, indeed, straight and would not be intimidated by the attacks.
The calls went out Monday and Tuesday but were stopped before the final round Wednesday night.