White nationalist leader no longer a delegate for Donald Trump

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One day after he was listed as one of Donald Trump's delegates in California, well-known white nationalist William Johnson says he will resign and has learned he needs to be more "circumspect when I try to enter the mainstream."

The Trump campaign said the inclusion of Johnson, a lawyer in Los Angeles and leader of the American Freedom Party (which exists to "represent the political interests of White Americans"), was due to a "database error," Mother Jones reports. The list of 169 delegates selected by the Trump campaign was published by California's secretary of state on Monday, and Johnson told Mother Jones after he applied to be a delegate, he received a congratulatory email from Trump's California delegate coordinator, Katie Lagomarsino. Before announcing his resignation, Johnson said he was hoping to show that someone can be "mainstream and have these views. I can be a white nationalist and be a strong supporter of Donald Trump and be a good example to everybody."

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