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At a variety of political rallies over the last two years, a character calling himself “Michael the Black Man” has actually appeared in the crowd straight behind Donald Trump, difficult to miss and possibly planted.He holds indications that yell”BLACKS FOR TRUMP “and wears a Tee shirts proclaiming with equal conviction that “TRUMP & & Republicans Are Not Racist.”

Often, he plugs his wild site,, across his chest.And so it was Tuesday night, prior to a crowd of Trump advocates in Phoenix who had actually concerned see another show. There was the president, whipping up the hugely cheering crowd, and then there was Michael the Black Male, chanting just beyond Trump’s best shoulder because trademark Tee shirts. The presence of Michael the Black Male

— variously understood as Michael Symonette, Maurice Woodside and Mikael Israel– has inspired not only trending Twitter hashtags however a good deal of curiosity and Google searches. Web sleuths discover the guy’s strange URL, a easily-accessible gateway to his unusual and checkered past.The extreme fringe activist from Miami as soon as came from a violent black supremacist religious cult and he runs a handful of amateur, unintelligible conspiracy sites. He has actually called Barack Obama”The Monster” and Hillary Clinton a Ku Klux Klan member. Oprah, he states, is the devil.Most strangely enough, in the 1990s, he was charged, then acquitted, with conspiracy to commit 2 murders.But Michael the Black Man loves President Trump. And President Trump’s campaign obviously loves him right back.President Trump provided a contentious speech at a project rally in Phoenix on Aug. 22, assaulting the media, GOP senators and”obstructionist “Democrats. Here are the highlights.

(Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)It’s unclear if the White Home or President Trump’s campaign officials know Michael the Black Male’s turbulent history or extreme political views, however he and his followers have actually stumped for the president at his

inauguration and the Super Bowl.In July, he posted video footage of himself at the Mar-a-Lago Club, President Trump’s so-called”Winter White Home, “for the Republican Party of Palm Beach County’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.Wearing a black dinner coat over a white”BLACKS FOR TRUMP”T-shirt, Michael the Black Guy posed with the local GOP’s chairman, obviously took a photo of first woman Melania Trump and tape-recorded a selfie video that showed his arm slung over the shoulder of Florida Gov. Rick Scott. “I saw you on TV with Trump, “Scott can be heard informing Michael the Black Male.”You did a great job.”At a project rally in late October 2016, down in Sanford, Fla., Trump even gave the “BLACKS FOR TRUMP”indications an approving shout-out. “Look at those indications behind me,” Trump said to

the roaring crowd.” Blacks for Trump. I like those indications.” The prospect, using a camouflage

“Make America Great Again hat, “turned to the sign-holders and provided a thumbs-up. Michael the Black Male, backing up Trump and smiling extensively, offered a thumbs-up right back.” Blacks for Trump,”the candidate said again. “You view. You view. Those indications are excellent, thank you. “The indications drew national attention at the time, however not since of Michael the Black Male. Rally watchers left perplexed after one occasion when white ladies were seen waving the indications.

That same month,< a href=" "target=" _ blank "> New York Publication and the Miami New Times published posts stating the indication maker’s story.Before he started calling himself Michael the Black Guy, the man identified as Maurice Woodside signed up with a cult led by Hulon Mitchell Jr., who went by Yahweh Ben Yahweh and ultimately turned violent. The 2 men fulfilled when Woodside was 21 years old.Woodside followed Yahweh’s fiery teachings for many years, after the leader allegedly rejected his passing away, cancer-stricken mother medical treatment and instead prescribed her “veggies, nuts, and herbs,”prosecutors once said

in court, inning accordance with the New Times.In the early 1990s, the New Times reported, Woodside, Yahweh and 14 other members of the cult were arrested by federal agents and accuseded of racketeering and conspiracy in 14 murders and a firebombing, reported the New Times.Ricardo Woodside, Maurice’s brother, had once remained in the cult however left after his mother’s death. Woodside affirmed in court that his sibling had actually helped beat a man called Aston Green, who argued with Yahweh and was taken to the Florida Everglades and beheaded with a dull machete, reported

the New Times.He also testified that Maurice Woodside was the cult member who stabbed a Louisiana guy named Leonard Dupree in the eye with a sharpened stick.Yahweh was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Maurice Woodside, who denies the cult was violent or homicidal, was acquitted together with 6 others.In later years, Woodside altered his name to Maurice Symonette. Ultimately, he became Michael the Black Man, an anti-Democrat– or as he calls them, Demon-crat– who preaches the Bible and abhors homosexuality. He began a private radio station, BOSS 104.1 FM, to relay his extreme beliefs, and began causing a commotion in public.At an Obama

project speech in Coral Gables, Fla., in 2008, he and a group of other protesters loudly interrupted the future president, screaming”Barack, go home! “and waving indications that stated “Obama backed by the KKK,”reported the Miami New Times.One indication, held by Michael the Black Man, read:”Blacks against Obama.” His website,, declares on the landing page:

“LATIN, BLACK AND WHITE MUST UNIFY!”Links on that website lead to another one,, which declares that the “Real KKK Slave Masters “are” CHEROKEE Indians( Hidden Babylonians).” The pronouncements only get more unhinged from there:”ISIS


And:”YAHWEH BEN YAHWEH Taught United States To Vote Republican politician & is Now VINDICATED.”And:” BLACKS FOR TRUMP SUPPORTS

SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS “The site also shows a picture of a Confederate flag with the caption:” Cherokee Democratic Flag.”In Phoenix Tuesday night, as

fans shouted “construct that wall!,”Trump turned again to the roaring crowd behind him and flashed a thumbs up.Michael the Black Male flashed one back, smiled and mouthed,”I like you!”