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David Hilliard, 82, a founding member of the Black Panthers, is openly supporting Donald Trump in the 2024 election. Hilliard’s endorsement of Trump is a significant shift, considering his background and the historical context of the Black Panthers.

In an interview with writer Carol Mitchell, Hilliard expressed his enthusiasm for Trump, recalling their shared history. “I knew Trump when he was a college student in New York, and he supported the Black Panther Party,” Hilliard stated. He emphasized Trump’s consistent support, adding, “Trump is a decent man, and he supported the Black Panther Party. He was someone who gave us money.”

Hilliard’s praise for Trump extended to a broader endorsement of Trump’s character and policies. “Trump’s a friend of African Americans,” he continued. “He’s not a racist. He’s not a racist, fascist, white man. He supported Black people.” Hilliard’s comments challenge the leftist narrative that frequently labels Trump as a racist.

This revelation is particularly striking in light of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent ad campaign, which seeks to capitalize on Trump’s legal troubles. When asked about Trump’s 34 felony counts, Hilliard dismissed the charges, suggesting that Trump’s persecution stems from his favorable stance towards the black community.

Trump’s appeal among black Americans is not limited to Hilliard’s endorsement. Recently, Trump delivered a speech in the South Bronx, drawing a large and enthusiastic crowd. Many attendees voiced their dissatisfaction with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling for her to “stay out of the Bronx,” which she represents in Congress.

Numerous black celebrities have also voiced their support for Trump, especially within the rap and hip-hop community. Figures like Sexxy Red, Azelia Banks, Kodak Black, Waka Flocka Flame, and Lil Wayne have all come out in favor of Trump. Even Snoop Dogg, known for his critical stance on Trump, admitted he has “nothing but love” for the former president. Rapper YG, who once released a song called “F*** Donald Trump,” has now become a supporter, acknowledging that Trump provided tangible benefits to his community.

Prominent radio personality Charlamagne tha God has praised Trump on CNN, though he stopped short of a full endorsement. More importantly, he has consistently refused to back Biden, reflecting a broader disillusionment with the current administration among black voters. Even Al Jazeera had to concede that Trump has doubled his support in the black community since the 2020 election.

The Biden administration is acutely aware of this shift and is reportedly in panic mode as they witness black voters flocking to Trump in record numbers. The mainstream media, which has often depicted Trump’s supporters as racists, may find it increasingly difficult to sustain this narrative as more black Americans voice their support for Trump. President Biden could be remembered as the first Democrat president in modern history to lose the support of the black community, a significant political realignment with far-reaching implications.