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Donald Trump’s decision to place African American supporters behind him with “BLACKS FOR TRUMP” signs is backfiring in a big way.
During his 2020 campaign rally on Saturday afternoon in Melbourne, Florida, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump both spoke to a crowd of cheering supporters, while black supporters behind the first couple waved signs that read “BLACKS FOR TRUMP.” Conservatives on Twitter were giddy at the imagery, as the sign-wavers seemed to be visual evidence that Donald Trump was totally not a racist.
There are black Americans holding signs that say "Blacks for Trump 2020" all over the #TrumpRally! But fake news media calls Trump a racist!
— Makada ?? (@_Makada_) February 18, 2017
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) February 18, 2017
Their t-shirts even said “TRUMP & Republicans Are Not Racist,” with a link to the website Gods2.com.
The only problem? When visiting Gods2.com and blacksfortrump2020.com, visitors are then redirected to the site honestfact.com, which is a crudely designed conspiracy theorist website clearly run by someone who is not mentally stable.
“THE ISHMAELITES ARABS & EAST INDIANS ALWAYS HAD BLACK AMERICAN HEBREWS IN SLAVERY,” reads one post on the site. The who.is profile for honestfact.com shows that the site is owned by “Micahiel Nichloson,” (Michael Nicholson) and has a North Miami address. The site also shows videos of Nicholson endorsing Trump and singing the billionaire real estate mogul’s praises in interviews with local TV stations.
What’s not as well-known about Trump’s loudest African American supporter in Florida is that he used to belong to a murderous cult known as “Yahweh Ben Yahweh,” and has a lengthy criminal record. New York Magazine reported last year about how Nicholson quickly became Republican primary candidates’ favorite black person, being spotted alongside former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and having the loud endorsement of Glenn Beck due to his extreme views about Barack Obama. Nicholson also allegedly stabbed someone in the eye, but got away with it:
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In the early ‘90s, Michael and 15 other members of the Yahweh ben Yahweh cult were charged with conspiring in two murders, and even though his own brother testified that Michael stabbed a man in the eye with a sharp stick, he was let off by a Florida jury. In the decades since, he’s become a novel figure in South Florida, racking up criminal charges but no convictions and running a radio show that features his rants on “Demon-crats.”
On honestfact.com, Nicholson defends himself, writing, “Yahweh Ben Yahweh is Innocent and was Persecuted by Arab, East Indian, Ishmaelites. & U.S. Prosecutor Richard Shruggs was an Ishmaelite Arab Jew.”
Journalists weren’t fooled by Trump’s attempt to make it seem as if the black community embraced him.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 18, 2017
— Avi Asher-Schapiro (@AASchapiro) February 18, 2017
If President Trump wants to be seen as having credibility with the black community, he should find better surrogates than Michael Nicholson.
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at email@example.com, or follow him on Facebook.