If you’ve watched a Trump rally in the past few weeks you may have noticed a group of people who seem to get prominently placed behind Trump in the stands quite often, holding signs that say “BLACKS FOR TRUMP,” with a link to the website gods.com.
If you go to the site, you’ll discover a rabbit hole of weird conspiracy theories and rabid hatred directed mostly at Hillary Clinton. But the Miami New Times has some more information about the leader of this group (seen above immediately to Trump’s right), Michael Symonette, aka Maurice Woodside — a former member of the violent, homicidal Yahweh ben Yahweh cult responsible for several gruesome killings: “Blacks for Trump” Supporter Is Former Yahweh Ben Yahweh Cult Member.
So who is this new face of Trump’s elusive black support? He’s none other than Michael the Black Man, also known as Maurice Woodside or Michael Symonette, who has made waves in Miami in recent years with protests against the Democratic Party and rallies for the GOP.
He’s also a former member of the murderous Yahweh ben Yahweh cult, which was led by the charismatic preacher Hulon Mitchell Jr., who was charged by the feds in 1990 with conspiracy in killings that included a gruesome beheading in the Everglades.
Michael, along with 15 other Yahweh followers, was charged for allegedly conspiring in two murders; his brother, who was also in the cult, told jurors that Michael had helped beat one man who was later killed and stuck a sharpened stick into another man’s eyeball. But jurors found Michael (and six other Yahweh followers) innocent. They sent Mitchell away for 20 years in the federal pen.
In the years that followed, he changed his last name to Symonette, made a career as a musician, started a radio station in Miami and then re-invented himself as Michael the Black Man, an anti-gay, anti-liberal preacher with a golden instinct for getting on TV at GOP events. He’s planned events with Rick Santorum and gotten cable news play for bashing Obama.
Remember, Trump himself attacked Hillary Clinton when the father of Orlando nightclub shooter was seen sitting in the stands behind her at a rally, accusing her of deliberately placing him there for some nefarious reason. But here’s an unhinged conspiracy theory-promoting lunatic who has actually been implicated in violent crimes including murder (although never convicted), repeatedly given a very prominent place at Trump’s rallies (for political reasons that are pretty obvious, since Trump’s support among African Americans is underwater).
This group was at Trump’s rally again today, again given prominent placement right behind him — but this time, someone has blacked out the name of the bizarre conspiracy website from the sign. And just for bonus WTFs, the woman holding the sign is white.
Guys it's happening again. pic.twitter.com/emsnLbS8oJ
— Beetlejew (@jesseberney) October 25, 2016
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