Gregory Cheadle, a man who was once called “my African-American” during the 2016 GOP Presidential primary says not only is he quitting the Republican Party, he’s going to run for Congress.
Cheadle called out the GOP, claiming they were using black people as “political pawns.” He is also accusing the Republican party of running a “pro-white” agenda.
Cheadle sat down with PBS NewsHour to discuss his frustrations with Pres. Trump and the Republican Party.
“President Trump is a rich guy who is mired in white privilege to the extreme. Republicans are too sheepish to call him out on anything and they are afraid of losing their positions and losing any power themselves.”
SCOOP: Gregory Cheadle, the man President Trump once called “my African American,” is leaving the Republican party & running for Congress as an independent.
He says Trump has a “white superiority complex" and the party is pursing a "pro-white" agenda. https://t.co/TItxY5zBMu
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) September 12, 2019
Cheadle’s support for Trump reportedly swayed when he felt the president insulted Rep. Elijah Cummings‘ district and mocked Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib. To him, those were the straws that broke the camel’s back.
Cheadle, a real-estate broker from Reading, California was called out during a campaign stop where Trump pointed to him and said:
“Look at my African American over here. Look at him. Are you the greatest?” — GOP Candidate Donald Trump.
Cheadle said he treated Trump’s statement more like a joke but since then, his thought process has changed and: “I’m more critical of it today than I was back then because today I wonder to what extent he said that for political gain or for attention.”
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Now that he has walked away from the GOP, he plans to run for Congress as an independent. His history of running for Congress is failure after failure and everyone knows, once you are seen as a loser, that’s it. According to records, he’s run for Congress and lost five times in California’s 1st District.
California runs a “jungle primary” where only the top two vote-getters in a primary will advance to a general election. Cheadle thinks he has a shot going forward.
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