Trump Loses His African-American, Now Down To A Mismatched Burlap And Pebble

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Trump Loses His African-American, Now Down To A Mismatched Burlap And Pebble

Donald Trump has lost his African-American. If it's any help, we're usually the last place you put us. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump spotted Gregory Cheadle -- who is black and not the actor Don -- in the crowd at one of his rallies. He paused his rambling nonsense to point at Cheadle and exclaim, "Look at my African-American over here! Look at him. Are you the greatest?" We don't recommend dehumanizing black people by assuming we're your personal property. That fad only lasted for 400 years.

Trump's African-American tried sticking it out in the GOP's "One of The Good Ones" club, where membership has no privileges. But he's finally had enough. Cheadle revealed to PBS News Hour that he's done with Trump's ragtag band of racists and is now a free agent.

CHEADLE: President Trump is a rich guy who is mired in white privilege to the extreme. Republicans are too sheepish to call him out on anything and they are afraid of losing their positions and losing any power themselves.

Cheadle hasn't been back on the plantation that long and already he's race-baiting and waging class warfare. It was all building up inside during the eight goddamn years he wasn't supporting Barack Obama.

Trump Praises to 'My African American'

Trump is so consistently racist it's hard to imagine what single incident could've triggered Cheadle's #Blexit. Apparently, it was a specific racist combo platter from this summer: First, Trump vomited racism at four congresswomen of color. Then, just a couple days later, he called the Maryland district Rep. Elijah Cummings represents, which is in America, "a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." Meanwhile, Cheadle watched in horror as his Republican Facebook "friends" posted defenses of Trump's vicious bigotry.

CHEADLE: They were sidestepping the people of color issue and saying that, "No, it's not racist." They were saying these people were socialists and communists. That's what they were saying. And I thought this is a classic case of whites not seeing racism because they want to put blinders on and make it about something else.

Did Cheadle just recently discover Facebook? We guarantee his "friends" have been racist for a while. Now we enter the phase of a friend's bad breakup where we patiently listen while they tell us what we already knew about the no-good piece of human garbage they were dating (against our advice). Cheadle even suspects Trump might have a "pro-white" agenda. Has he alerted the president?

CHEADLE: When you look at his appointments for the bench: White, white, white, white white, white, white. That to me is really damning to everybody else because no one else gets a chance because he's thinking that the whites are superior, period.


Trump was asked Thursday about Cheadle leaving the GOP and had no idea who Cheadle was, which is surprising for someone with so few African-Americans. The president lied some more about his enduring popularity among black people.

TRUMP: We have tremendous African American support. I would say I'm at my all-time high. I don't think I've ever had the support that I've had now. I think I'm going to do very well with African Americans. African American support has been the best we've had.

There are so few black Republicans that Trump literally pointed at one at a rally like he'd spotted a leprechaun. And more leprechauns support Trump than black women.


Cheadle hasn't traded in his MAGA hat for a Biden polo just yet. He's an independent again, which he was before 2001 when soul brother George W. Bush won him over. Bush's funkadelic cabinet was one where Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice were judged not for the color of their skin but the content of their cherry-picked intelligence. Cheadle probably longs for the days when his friends didn't share their racist thoughts on Facebook because that technology did not yet exist.

Now Cheadle plans to run for Congress as an independent candidate. He's tried this five times before and California's 1st District has repeatedly said no thanks. The district is solid Republican and the incumbent, Doug LaMalfa, crushed his Democratic opponent despite last year's blue wave.

We won't judge too Cheadle too harshly for living 62 years and only now figuring out that Republicans suck. Someone once showed up at our house for a party a full week late. But we didn't turn her away. She'd brought wine though.

[PBS News Hour]

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Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. Once, he wrote a novel called “Mahogany Slade,” which you should read or at least buy. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."


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