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Several videos posted online as former President Donald Trump’s motorcade rolled through poorer neighborhoods in Atlanta on his way to be arrested by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis on charges related to the aftermath of the 2020 election are likely very worrisome for Democrats.
Hundreds of Black Americans, many holding signs and wearing shirts signaling their support for the embattled former president, cheered as he went by, videos showed, with several residents explaining that they believe the charges against Trump are bogus and that he is being mistreated.
One commentator posted a 45-second TikTok video on the X platform showing mostly Black bystanders reacting with enthusiasm to Trump’s appearance in their neighborhood.
“What the media doesn’t want you to see. The people love Trump,” said the post containing the video.
What the media doesn’t want you to see. The people love Trump pic.twitter.com/h2vfdJb1rM
— 🇺🇸Travis🇺🇸 (@Travis_in_Flint) August 25, 2023
“Free Trump!” several people can be heard saying.
“Interesting reaction in Atlanta. Democrat city People screaming ‘Free Trump,’” another platform user wrote, adding: “This will backfire on Democrats.”
Explain that to me?
Interesting reaction in Atlanta. Democrat city People screaming “Free Trump”. 😂
This will backfire on Democrats 🤣 pic.twitter.com/d69wqbS6wn
— 1776 (@TheWakeninq) August 25, 2023
“Blacks for Trump” were also lined up along the street outside of the Fulton County jailhouse, other reports noted. The founder of the organization, Maurice Symonette, spoke to Rolling Out about group members showing up to support the 45th president.
“Why are you all out here in Atlanta to support Trump?” the media outlet asked.
“I’m out here today because Trump is being treated like, what they would call, a n*****,” he responded.
“So why do you think Trump is being treated like a black man?” the reporter pressed.
“Because he’s a Gentile. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham is the father of all Africans. He’s the one who had the children of Israel in slavery. Japheth is the father of all white Gentiles, Genesis 10: 1-5. Shem is the father of all the black Hebrew Israelites, which is us. I’m not a Hebrew Israelite like the ones who be cussing white people out and calling them the devil,” Symonette responded.
“I’m with the Yahweeh Hebrew and know that Shem is our father. Abraham is our father because Genesis 15:13 says, ‘Abraham’s children will be carried away captive on ships and treated evil for 400 years,’” he continued.
“Nobody else fits that description, but us … the white Gentiles are our little brother … when [Dr.] Martin Luther King [Jr.] said, I want to see little white kids with little black kids, all of a sudden, he came up dead. When Malcolm X said, ‘Hey, I just discovered all white people aren’t the devil,’ two days later, he was put to death,” Symonette went on.
Other Black Americans were all-in for the former president as well.
“I don’t believe half of the stuff they are saying about Trump,” Dorthy Harp, a black Trump supporter, said, per the Atlanta Daily World. “Why are they always trying to attack the man? It’s because he wants to run for president again.”
She went on to say that all Trump did was what other candidates would have done if there were questions about balloting, as there were following the 2020 election, valid or not.
“Here in Georgia, he just called and said, ‘Would y’all recount the vote?’ If I lost an election, I’d do the same thing,” he said.
— il Donaldo Trumpo (@PapiTrumpo) August 24, 2023
Ray Worth, a Carroll County resident, said he came out to “support freedom, the ability for us to speak freely.” He also said that Trump is “an advocate for free speech.”
He added that he does not expect there to be any evidence produced during his trial that would convince him Trump did anything wrong in questioning the outcome.
“You’re allowed to do that. This is a free country. It’s called freedom. You’re allowed to say what you feel is actually true. I believe what I feel is true, and he does too,” Worth told the Missouri Independent.