On Friday, during a rally in Redding, California, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump pointed to a black man in the crowd and said, “Aw, look at my African-American over here. Are you the greatest? Do you know what I’m talking about?” It was an odd and racially charged message which the media widely reported.
But today, we find that California congressional candidate Gregory Cheadle is the African American Trump was referring to when the GOP front-runner attempted to tout his “tremendous African American support.”
However, Cheadle, a Republican, is not a Trump supporter at all.
Cheadle, who is running for California’s 1st Congressional district, called the moment “surreal,” in an interview with NPR.
Cheadle admitted that he was holding a sign which read, “Veterans for Trump,” but he said he was using it to shield his head from the sun.
‘Cheadle said he took Trump’s comments toward him in a positive way. But also noted that Trump’s choice of words left many uncertain as to what his meaning behind them were.
“Had he said, ‘here’s my African American friend’ or ‘my African American supporter’ or something like that, then there would be less ambiguity,” Cheadle said.
“Had he said, ‘here’s my African-American’ and then after that said, ‘what’s up dawg or boy or even the n-word’ as they use it today, I really would have been offended.”‘
Even though Cheadle admitted that the incident raised his profile as he heads into the California primary on Tuesday, he wanted to be very clear about one thing: Trump does not yet have his vote.
“I am not a Trump supporter,” Cheadle said. “I went to go hear Donald Trump because I have an open mind.”
Cheadle also said that he went to a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders last week in Chico, Calif. but did not go in.
“I am a free man. I am not chained to any particular party and I refuse to be chained to any particular party,” he said.
Watch the clip of Trump singling out Cheadle:
The former reality show star turned GOP presumptive nominee is going to have a tough time proving that he has a large percentage of the African-American vote, as he claims. Polls show the opposite to be true.
On Saturday, he also shared an image of a black family touting their alleged support for his campaign. The only problem here is that that family’s picture was taken from an article. It was photoshopped to make it appear that the family supports Trump. They’ve made it clear since the image went viral on Twitter that they do not support the billionaire candidate.
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