Former Black Panther Leader Supports Trump, Cites Longstanding Friendship

A surprising endorsement for Donald Trump has emerged from a former leader of the Black Panther Party. David Hilliard, a key figure in the organization, recently voiced his support for the former president, highlighting Trump’s positive relationship with the African American community. In a video posted on TikTok, Hilliard described Trump as a “decent man” and a longstanding ally to African Americans.

Hilliard’s connection with Trump dates back to the 1960s when Trump was a college student in New York City. Hilliard noted, “Trump is a person who’s a decent man, and he supported the Black Panther Party. He was someone who gave us money.” He emphasized that Trump has always been a friend to the African American community and countered accusations of racism against the former president.

The endorsement comes amidst ongoing claims of racism directed at Trump, particularly regarding his past comments and actions. Critics often cite Trump’s calls for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, his questioning of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, and allegations of discrimination against black apartment seekers. Despite these controversies, Hilliard insists that Trump is not a racist and has been wrongly convicted due to his support for the Black community.

The endorsement from a prominent former Black Panther is noteworthy as it reflects a shift in some black voter support towards Trump. While Trump is unlikely to win a majority of the African American vote, even a modest increase in support from this demographic could pose a challenge for the Democratic Party in the upcoming election.

As the 2024 presidential race heats up, endorsements like Hilliard’s highlight the complexities of voter support and the unpredictable nature of political alliances. Trump’s relationship with the African American community, as described by Hilliard, may influence perceptions and voting patterns in the months leading up to the election.

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