In a preview for an upcoming conversation with CNN’s Van Jones that’ set to air this weekend, Kevin Martin, an African American Trump supporter, talked about his reaction to President Trump’s tweets that targeted 4 progressive Democratic congresswomen, telling them to “go back” to their countries of origin.
“I think that this ‘go back’ comment hit a lot of us that support him, it hit a lot of us in the gut, I think, and I think that a lot of us, of color, conservatives who support the President, I talked to a lot of my friends and we’re still trying to process,” Martin said. “It just came out of left field.”
Martin went on to acknowledge that Trump’s tweets were likely the “most controversial comments” to ever come out of the White House.
“I think that the President is putting a lot of us in a very precarious situation, people that would have supported him — I remember [U.S. Women’s Soccer star Megan Rapinoe], she came out and she said … ‘Mr. President, I think that you are excluding people that may even support you,’ and I think what she said is completely right.”
“I think the President has a base,” Martin continued. “And he has a far-right wing base, and there’s a lot of white nationalists, a lot of racists, a lot of antisemites in that base, and I feel as though the President has said, ‘Okay, well, I have small margin of African Americans, a small margin of Latinos, a small margin of LGBT, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to have a PR strategy that is going to rile up the base.’ And so I feel like, a lot of us feel like, wow, where do we fit in anymore? Are we still welcome in this movement? Are people of color still welcome?”
Martin claims that a lot of his friends that are black conservatives have “jumped off the Trump train” and moved over to Kamala Harris and Joe Biden.
“I think that what the President has got to understand is that when he attacks Colin Kaepernick, when he attacks Lebron James, Steph Curry, you’re attacking the very people that the people you’re saying you’re trying to reach look up to as role models.”
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