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American Freedom Party
ChairpersonWilliam Daniel Johnson
FoundedJanuary 5, 2010; 11 years ago (2010-01-05)[1]
HeadquartersWestminster, California, United States
Political positionFar-right

The American Freedom Party (formerly the American Third Position Party or A3P) is a political party in the United States that promotes white nationalism.[2][3][4][5] In November 2009, it filed papers to be on a ballot in California, and was launched in January 2010.[6] According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, it was created to channel the right-wing populist resentment engendered by the financial crisis of 2007–2010 and the policies of the Obama administration.[7] Since the 2016 United States presidential election, the party supports former US President Donald Trump.[8]


Logo of the American Third Position Party, the former name of the American Freedom Party

The party chairman is Los Angeles attorney William Daniel Johnson. Kevin B. MacDonald, a retired evolutionary psychology academic at California State University, Long Beach, has been named one of the eight party directors. MacDonald is also a principal contributor to The Occidental Quarterly[9][10] where his articles have claimed that traits that he attributes to Jews, including higher-than-average verbal intelligence and ethnocentricism, have eugenically and culturally evolved to enhance the ability of Jews to out-compete non-Jews for resources. MacDonald believes this advantage has been used by Jews to advance their group interests and end potential antisemitism by either deliberately or inadvertently undermining the power and self-confidence of the European-derived majorities in the Western world.[11][12][13]

A 2006 article in The Nation magazine by Max Blumenthal reported that MacDonald's 2004 Understanding Jewish Influence: A Study in Ethnic Activism (originally published in the Occidental Quarterly) "has turned MacDonald into a celebrity within white nationalist and neo-Nazi circles."[14] Writing in the Journal of Church and State, Professor George Michael wrote that MacDonald's work "has been well received by those in the racialist right, as it amounts to a theoretically sophisticated justification for anti-Semitism," and that on the far-right MacDonald "has attained a near reverential status and is generally considered beyond reproach".[15]

Electoral activities

William Daniel Johnson, Chairman of A3P, speaking at a Tea Party rally.

New Hampshire state party chairman Ryan Murdough ran in the Republican primary for a seat representing the Eighth District of the Grafton County delegation to the New Hampshire House of Representatives,[16] but he was refused support by the Republican party, which called him a "despicable racist".[17] He placed fifth out of five candidates in the Republican primary, garnering 296 votes (11%).[18] Murdough was the National Political Director for the National Socialist American Labor Party, a party which espouses Nazi beliefs.[19]

In November 2009, the American Third Position Party filed papers with the office of the Secretary of State of California, with the intention of becoming a fully ballot-accessible party by the time of the June 2010 California primary election.[20] However, the party failed to qualify and was not entered on the 2010 ballot in California[21] or any other state.[22] The party received enough signatures to get Harry Bertram on the ballot for the 2011 West Virginia gubernatorial special election.[23] Bertram's campaign ran a television ad emphasizing his desire to advance the interests of white Americans. Bertram was soundly defeated in the election, coming in last place out of 5 candidates on the ballot and netting only 1,111 votes; less than 0.4 percent of the total.[24]

2012 presidential election

In January 2012, the American Third Position Party announced Merlin Miller as its presidential nominee for the 2012 presidential election. Virginia Abernethy was announced as his running mate.[25] According to an posting, they obtained ballot access in Colorado, New Jersey, and Tennessee.[26]

2016 presidential election

Kenn Gividen was nominated by the party as its candidate for president and Bob Whitaker was nominated for vice president in March 2015.[27] Gividen resigned from the nomination on July 26, 2015 after holding the role for 4 months; Whitaker then stepped into the role as candidate for president.[28] Whitaker, whose favored term "White Genocide" was blocked by the AFP leadership, gave up the nomination on April 7, 2016 in protest over the party's growing support for Donald Trump and the toning down of its use of language.[29]

Electoral results

Year Office Candidate On the ballot as Votes Position
2011 Governor of West Virginia Harry Bertram American Third Position 1,111 (0.37%)[30] 5/5
2012 West Virginia House of Delegates, District 51 Harry Bertram American Third Position 1,110 (0.88%)[31] 11/11
2012 President of the United States Merlin Miller & Virginia Abernethy American Third Position 2,703 (0.00%)[32] 18/27


Name change

On February 1, 2013, the party's website carried an announcement that the party was changing its name to "American Freedom Party", although the values and mission would remain unchanged.

2012 hacking incident

In early February 2012, members of the hacker group Anonymous released statements claiming to have hacked the website of the party and various forums and email accounts connected with the group, including that of Jamie Kelso, the website's operator.[2][33] The front page of the party's website was defaced with #OpBlitzkrieg (the designated name used in January 2012 for a series of Anonymous cyber-attacks on German neo-Nazi websites) and private information about the organization's members was released.[34]


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  14. ^ Blumenthal, Max (March 23, 2006). "Republicanizing the Race Card". The Nation. Archived from the original on August 19, 2015. Occidental Quarterly ... contained Long Beach State University evolutionary psychology professor Kevin MacDonald's article 'Understanding Jewish Influence: A Study in Ethnic Activism', which contends that Jews have special psychological traits that allow them to out-compete white Gentiles for resources and power. The 2004 tract has turned MacDonald into a celebrity within white nationalist and neo-Nazi circles.
  15. ^ George Michael. "Professor Kevin MacDonald's Critique of Judaism: Legitimate Scholarship or the Intelleetualization of Anti-Semitism?" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 20, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
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  20. ^ Office of the California Secretary of State, "County Clerk/Registrar of Voters (CC/ROV) Memorandum #09175," by Deirdre Avent (November 13, 2009 - retrieved on January 13, 2010).
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  27. ^ Ziggler, Jed (March 23, 2015). "Kenn Gividen & Bob Whitaker to Run for President & Vice President for the American Freedom Party". Independent Political Report. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  28. ^ "Kenn Gividen Steps Down as American Freedom Party Presidential Nominee, Bob Whitaker to Take His Place at the Top of the Ticket", Independent Political Report. July 26, 2015.
  29. ^ "White Nationalist Support for Trump Falters with Resignation of American Freedom Party Presidential Candidate Bob Whitaker". Southern Poverty Law Center. April 6, 2016. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  30. ^ "WV SOS - Elections - Election Results - Online Data Services". October 4, 2011. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
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  34. ^ "'ANONYMOUS' hits White Supremacist sites". Intelwire. February 1, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012.

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