Trump Campaign Embraces “Blacks for Trump” Founder Who Belonged to Violent Cult

Trump Campaign Embraces “Blacks for Trump” Founder Who Belonged to Violent Cult

AT A PACKED campaign rally in Ocala, Florida, on Friday, as President Donald Trump delivered a xenophobic rant against Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democrat who fled Somalia as a child, a Black supporter in the bleachers behind him could be seen on television rising to his feet and cheering.

The man was “Blacks for Trump” founder Maurice Symonette, a.k.a. Michael the Black Man, a former member of a violent cult who posts anti-Semitic screeds and racist conspiracy theories online, and yet has been a featured member of the audience at Trump campaign events since 2016.

On his website, Symonette makes a variety of bizarre claims, including that Omar and other prominent Black Democrats, artists and athletes — including former President Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, Spike Lee, Colin Kaepernick, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. — are “DECEVING [sic] FAKE BLACK PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY INDIANS!” In a sermon now deleted from YouTube, he claimed that the Senate is controlled by a secret underground of “Cherokee Mormons.”