It’s hard to think anything could top Donald Trump’s deplorable speech last night (Aug. 22) to a bunch of his supporters in Phoenix. But, since surprises are the new normal in politics these days, something kind of did.
Tuesday’s night’s speech in Arizona placed the president in a good mood, since he needed cheering up from all the negative headlines that have come his way recently (and always). What overshadowed his continued defense of white supremacy though was a Black man standing behind Trump holding a “blacks for Trump” sign.
Now, it’s already bad that a Black man has so much self-hate that he’s willing to resort to openly support a man so against his interests, but the icing on the cake was exactly who he is.
The man, who was also wearing a “TRUMP & Republicans Are Not Racist” T-shirt, goes by the aliases Michael the Black Man, Michael Symonette, Maurice Woodside and Mikael Israel, according to the Washington Post. The URL on his T-shirt says it all and it wasn’t hard finding out about his shady past.
The Post also reports that Michael is from Miami, once belonged to a group called Yawweh ben Yahweh and believes Hillary Clinton is a Ku Klux Klan member and that Oprah is the devil. He’s also reportedly been charged with and acquitted of conspiracy to commit two murders.
Even with all this, Trump’s team thought it’d be a great idea to stick him behind the president. As long as he can fly in a Black man and show at least one supports him, anything goes, right?
Well, social media tore Donald Trump a new one over this latest development (what else is new). They also questioned whether the man is actually black, which has been confirmed, but is still unbelievable. Check out what they had to say along with video of Trump’s speech below.
Trump has a black man with a durag wearing a "trump and republicans are not racist" shirt at his Phoenix campaign rally. Jeeez-Sus— LWANDLE🇪🇺 (@Audaciousblack) August 23, 2017
Understand...That Trump is such a white supremacists, he has to fly in a token Black person to hold up a sign that says "Blacks for Trump" 😶— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) August 23, 2017
WTF! A black guy at a Trump rally! what is he lost! And his hairs got "Jheri curl". was he locked in a capsule in the 80's and just got out pic.twitter.com/IwLgnjaRML— William Thomas (@BLOODDOG007) August 23, 2017
First Ben Carson was strategically placed for the intro, now they've got Stepin Fetchit w/ a Jheri Curl ponytail behind Trump. #PhoenixRally— Neale (@AbeFroman) August 23, 2017
one black guy is behind trump holding a #BlacksForTrump sign but he looks like a white man in blackface.— Black Bill Gates (@_CasuallyMe) August 23, 2017
If you are holding a "Blacks for Trump" sign, shouldn't there be MORE than one of you?— Karen Hunter (@karenhunter) August 23, 2017
I think the guy being Trump in #phoenix is in blackface...— V. Ovid Hawkins (@MightyJFury) August 23, 2017
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