At a recent rally in Los Angeles, Donald Trump spoke to a crowd about the disturbances that occurred at previous rallies, including the “thugs” in San Jose and the “African-American guy who is a fan” of his but punched someone dressed as a member of the KKK in Arizona.
From his point of view, Trump believes that he has the backing of minority groups instead of the widespread belief that he’s a proud racist encouraging millions of others to also expose their own bigotry. To help support this, he pointed out a random black man in the audience at the Los Angeles rally for support.
“Oh look at my African-American over here,” Mr. Trump said, according to the New York Times. “Are you the greatest? Do you know what I’m talking about?”
When this clip first made rounds, many were concerned by the context and pointed out how it sounded ignorant, in the least, and eerily similar to the days where black people were considered property, at worst. However, the man Trunp called on has a very different opinion on the matter.
Gregory Cheadle, who’s running for a republican California congressional nomination, went as far as to have pleasant recollections of the incident.
“I was not offended by it because he had been speaking positively about black people prior to that statement,” Cheadle told NPR. “People around me were laughing [at the fact] that he noticed me, and everybody was happy. It was a jovial thing.”
“I am not a Trump supporter,” he also said. “I went to go hear Donald Trump because I have an open mind.”
This brings up a question some people struggle with. Can the public take offense to something they genuinely think was wrong if the person directly involved isn’t offended? Some say no and lean on the concept that “PC culture is destroying America.” Others choose to speak out for those that don’t know any better.
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