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‘The Black Sheep’: African Americans Who Support Donald Trump

By Alysha Conner 

Despite a vast number of African Americans being opposed to Donald Trump as president, few supporters remain.  

Desmond Grant is a 40-year-old Black man and Trump supporter who owns a small trucking company in Houston, Texas. Grant willingly voted for Trump in 2016, despite believing that Trump was a racist. 

According to Grant, his small businesses’ wellbeing mattered more to him than the president’s ideas or morals.

The Daily Beast revealed comments made by Grant to defend his beliefs regarding Trump’s “aura of strength that’s more important than the shortcomings his critics focus on.”

“He does know how to make money,” Grant said. “He’s not an honest man, and he’s not too bright, but he don’t give a f***. You know what I’m saying? He’s not the most well-spoken, but he stands his ground—and that’s part of being a man. He can do that very well.” 

ClickOnDetroit, an NBC affiliate, recently reported a group of Black women in Michigan who also unapologetically support Trump.

The women expressed that their belief in the Republican platform goes back to the Ronald Reagan era.

“Being a Republican, I see things getting done,” Detroit resident Robin Barnes said. “I see the promises being kept.”

Denise Edwards, Robin Barnes, and Dr. Linda Tarver are part of a small, but they say growing, collection of Black Americans who passionately support the Republican Party.

“I’ve been a lifelong Republican, as well,” Lansing resident Dr. Linda Tarver said. “I think that there’s a perception that Black Republicans somehow have forgotten their roots or have sold out, and I have been accused of that, and that is unfortunate, but my voice is going to be heard with this president. This president has a listening ear.”

The women said they have separated what many people despise about Trump’s personality and focus on what they call “the facts.”

“If you go by personality, we won’t like most of anybody,” Royal Oak resident Denise Edwards said.

Several Black advocates for Trump appeared at the Republican National Convention in August to soften the image of a man many Americans consider a racist.

Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development secretary, was among the African American influencers list that highlighted Trump’s accomplishments for Black Americans.

“Many on the other side love to incite division by claiming that President Trump is a racist. They could not be more wrong,” Carson pointed out in his remarks. 

Trump also used the Republican Convention’s spotlight to pardon Jon Ponder, a Black man who served five years in prison for a bank robbery. 

During an interview on The Breakfast Club in May, Joe Biden proclaimed, “if you have trouble figuring out whether you are for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” However, Biden apologized hours later for a remark he said was made “in jest.”

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