People who paid attention to Donald Trump’s poorly attended Arizona rally noticed an individual standing behind him in the crowd with a large “Blacks for Trump” sign.
The man, who was identified as Maurice Symonette, was very difficult to miss for several reasons: First of all, he was clearly the only African-American or even person of color in the crowd directly standing behind President Trump. And it was hard to miss his t-shirt which read “Trump & Republicans Are Not Racist”—a claim that many questioned after Trump’s comments on the terrorist attack in Charlottesville.
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On Symonette’s shirt was a URL to a website he owns, Gods2.com. he also put a link to blacksfortrump2020.com. Both websites redirect users to honestfact.com, which are host to anything but honest facts. The site looks like something out of a parody piece that mocks conspiracy theorists but sadly, it’s 100% real.
Maurice goes by another name: “Michael the Black Man,” and his site makes a bunch of wild claims, like “Cherokees are the real KKK Racist Slave Masters, not White Gentiles who are Black Peoples Republican Emancipators!” and that Hillary Clinton is somehow linked to both ISIS and the MS-13 gang.
In response to claims that he was “placed there” by the Trump administration for diversity purposes, Symonette says he arrived early at the rally in order to get his message out that Democrats are “absolutely destroying the black man and the white man in America” to radio station WLS-AM 890.
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Symonette can be seen in photos with other prominent Republican figures like Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Florida Governor Rick Scott. He’s also been in pictures with Kellyanne Conway and Donald Trump Jr., HuffPost reported.
When there’s a large-scale rally or congregation of Republicans, Symonette is often there.
Maurice Symonette from Blacks for Trump and Kellyanne Conway again! pic.twitter.com/h5D8Y7404Z
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But he isn’t known for being just a supporter of the political right: he’s also got a pretty long rap sheet of offenses and allegations that are troubling, to say the least. He’s been arrested for racketeering, firebombing, 14 different murder conspiracies, and grand theft auto. All of the charges, however, failed to stick.
He was also acquitted of murder charges in the early ‘90s after he and other members of the cult, The Temple of Love, were arrested. The leader of the group, Yahweh ben Yahweh, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison. Symonette, however, got off scott-free.
In his interview with the local Chicago radio station, Symonette says that the Temple of Love’s anti-white message appealed to him when he was younger, but he has since changed his politics. In 2008, Symonette became a vocal opponent of Barack Obama and even claimed that Obama tried having him assassinated.
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Symonette also claimed that Hillary Clinton was close with the KKK, due to the former Secretary of State and First Lady’s relationship with Senator Robert Byrd. Clinton called Byrd her mentor and praised him for his work. Byrd was once a member of the Klan but later became a civil rights proponent and advocate, working to improve relations between different ethnic groups in America.
Symonette’s appearance at the rally was immediately noticed by Twitter users, who couldn’t help but flood the social network with jokes and memes about him.
— chaplinlives (@chaplinlives) August 23, 2017
— Chris Gorges (@ChrisGorges) August 23, 2017
— Bravo Crazy (@BravoCrazy) August 23, 2017
There’s a Typo.. it should be Black for trump #BlacksForTrump
— Robert Quinn (@trumanquinn) August 23, 2017
— Covfefe Jones (@bodysculptorokc) August 23, 2017
— Em Gee (@PapayaPeachy) August 23, 2017
— Joe Negan (@mynameisNegan) August 23, 2017
What do you think of Symonette and his personal history?