Peter Holley, Washington Post, January 12, 2016
Jared Taylor, a leading white nationalist known for his academic-sounding deconstructions of multiculturalism, has been an ardent supporter of Donald Trump since the earliest days of the billionaire’s presidential campaign.
The professorial Taylor–who speaks with a formality that verges on the pedantic–admits that he’s not a big fan of Trump’s raw, confrontational style. But he calls himself a “one-issue voter”–and that issue is Trump’s bread and butter: Immigration.
“I think what he’s done is a very important thing,” Taylor told The Washington Post. “He’s the first candidate in decades to say almost explicitly that immigration should be in the interest of Americans and not just immigrants.”
He added: “He’s attractive to many Americans who see their country slipping through their fingers. You don’t want to end your days living in an outpost of Haiti or Guatemala do you?”
Last weekend, Taylor–editor of the white supremacist magazine American Renaissance–lent his voice to a robo-call recording urging registered voters in Iowa to back Trump. Those potential voters, Taylor told The Post, are part of a silent majority who are tired of being asked to celebrate diversity but are afraid of being labeled bigots.
“I urge you to vote for Donald Trump because he is the one candidate who points out that we should accept immigrants who are good for America,” Taylor says on the recording, which was paid for by the American National super PAC. “We don’t need Muslims. We need smart, well-educated white people who will assimilate to our culture. Vote Trump.”
Does Taylor think his plea will resonate with Iowans?
“We’ll see how the vote goes,” he said. “I think that most official Republicans have no idea how betrayed ordinary white people feel by their country bring turned into something else. Ordinary white folks are sick of having to press 1 for Spanish.”
Taylor said he cited Muslims in his message because Trump has been resoundingly criticized for saying the United States should bar Muslims from entering the country.
“I have yet to hear from anyone the benefits that Muslims bring to this country,” he said.
Taylor has previously said Trump “may be the last hope for a president who would be good for white people.”