African-American Friend No More

September 13th, 2019

He found a friend at a Trump rally. But that was then.

Gregory Cheadle went to a Trump rally. So? A lot of people go to Trump rallies. But Cheadle is an African-American and Trump pointed that out.
The rest, as they say, is history.

The moment came out of nowhere. At the Redding, California event, Trump was talking about black support when he spotted Cheadle in the front row. Trump paused, then uttered a line that made Cheadle famous, if not infamous.

“Oh, look at my African American over here!” Trump said, pointing at Cheadle. “Look at him! Are you the greatest?”

Cheadle laughed then. Not so much today.

Now, citing the president’s “white superiority complex,” Cheadle has left the GOP.

Cheadle announced that he’s leaving the Republican party September 12th, citing the Republicans’ failure to condemn Trump’s comments denigrating black people. Cheadle can’t put his finger on one moment, but instead referred to an unrelenting succession of bigotry. Somewhere between Kaepernick, his attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings, his “s–hole countries” comments and his “go back” tweets, Cheadle had enough.

“I just hope this is a wake-up call for the GOP,” Cheadle told The Washington Post. “The GOP is going to be in the Smithsonian the way they’re going. Their only concern is for whites. They don’t care about the poor. They don’t care about anybody else.”

Chip Franklin

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. … read more
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