Lots of people had a laugh and/or were outraged at Donald Trump for saying “Look at my African-American over here!” to a black man at his California rally today. But the man in question says he wasn’t offended.
Gregory Cheadle is a Republican congressional candidate and he was at the Redding Municipal Airport when Trump spoke today. And he told the Record Searchlight that he was the one Trump called out, saying, “That was me seriously. I got two autographs out of that.”
Redding explained that it meant a lot to him not only that Trump came to town, but that he actually took the time “to give the black folk the time of the day,” something he believes most politicians fail to do.
And he actually engaged with Trump one-on-one after the event:
“I was at the point he was about to leave and I called out, ‘Uncle Donald, Uncle Donald,'” Cheadle said. “He recognized me as the guy he had called out.”
The two men exchanged a few words and Trump explained himself.
“You know what I was talking about? Jobs, jobs, jobs,” Cheadle said, paraphrasing what Trump told him. “I said, ‘Yeah, jobs.’ It’s all a fog. I’m glad I’m not on the witness stand. But it means a lot to me when a person of his stature can come to Redding.”
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