'Michael the Black Man,' famed Trump supporter, was once member of a black supremacist cult

Published 25.08.2017 00:00
Updated 25.08.2017 01:24
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A famous supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, known for attending rallies with a sign reading "Blacks for Trump" and for running a website called "Gods2.com" was once a member of a black supremacist religious cult, U.S. media reported Thursday.

Michael the Black Man recently made headlines in the country once again when he displayed a sign to the world reading "Trump & Republicans Are Not Racist," in an obvious effort to contain allegations directed toward the president over white supremacy charges.

The man, who also goes by Michael Symonette, Maurice Woodside and Michael Israel, was once a member of a violent black supremacist religious cult, the Chicago Tribune reported. He also runs several poorly constructed conspiracy websites, the paper also said.

The staunch Trump supporter also called the former president Barack Obama "The Beast," and claimed Hillary Clinton was a Ku Klux Klan member, the website added.

One of the most interesting claims Michael the Black man has made is that Oprah Winfrey is the devil.

The cult he joined when he was 21 was run by a man named Yahweh Ben Yahweh, who was, along with 14 other members of the cult, arrested by federal agents and charged with racketeering and conspiracy in 14 murders, and a firebombing.

The brother of Michael the Black Man, Ricardo Woodside, who had also been in the cult but exited the group, claimed that his brother had helped beat a man who argued with the leader of the cult. The beaten man later became the victim of a beheading, the New York Times said in a piece.

Woodside also claimed that his brother stabbed a man in the eye in Louisiana.

The cult leader, Yahweh, was also sentenced to 11 years in prison, according to local media.

Other bizarre claims of the Black Man are: Real KKK slave masters are "Cherokee Indians," "ISIS (an evil he claims has moved into the body of Hillary Clinton) and Hillary race war plot to kill all black and white women of America."

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