Trump visiting Baltimore for first time since disparaging it

Trump visiting Baltimore for first time since disparaging it

Trump visiting Baltimore for first time since disparaging it

Gregory Cheadle, 62, told PBS NewsHour Thursday that after nearly two decades as a Republican, he has made a decision to run for a House seat as an independent in 2020.

"President Trump is a rich guy who is mired in white privilege to the extreme", said Cheadle. 'Republicans are too sheepish to call him out on anything and they are afraid of losing their positions and losing any power themselves'.

Recalling to PBS the moment Trump pointed at him at the rally in Redding, and said, "Look at my African American over here!" Look at him. Are you the greatest?' he said of Cheadle.

He accused the Republican party of following a "pro-white" agenda and using black people as "political pawns". Cheadle said he saw it as a joke at the time, but now he sees it differently. He has run for Congress five times in the state's 1st District, which is now represented by Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa.

Cheadle said the issue came to a head when Republicans were quick to defend Trump's tweets in July telling four female Representatives who are USA citizens to go back where they came from. 'Then come back and show us how it is done'. Trump began criticizing the city amid a dispute over immigration with Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, whose Maryland district includes part of Baltimore.

The White House has defended the president on both counts, claiming neither his attacks on the "squad" of freshmen representatives or Cummings were racially charged.

Some called out the president's comments as racist, but Cheadle admitted he was "thrilled" with the recognition of black voters. "They should be watching the debate but they're probably watching this", Trump said. "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", he said to PBS Newshour.

Cheadle also said he hoped Trump would nominate a more diverse batch of judges. "And I thought this is a classic case of whites not seeing racism because they want to put blinders on and make it about something else". He says in 2020 he will support any candidate that will help African Americans, irrelevant of party. In 2018, he ran for the same seat he's seeking in 2020 in California's First Congressional District. "The overwhelming majority of people felt offense, which kind of startled me", he told CNN at the time. So I think we're going to do very well'.

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