Greg Cheadle became the subject of national attention in 2016 when then-candidate Donald Trump singled him out at a rally in Redding, CA and called him “my African-American,” but now Cheadle has harsh words for a president he believes has abandoned the black community altogether.
The Los Angeles Times spoke to Cheadle, who says he mostly voted for Trump by default and has steadily become more frustrated with the president.
“I would like for him just to show an interest in black people,” Cheadle told the Times. “Why can’t he go to a black city? Why can’t he trumpet black business? Why can’t he have more black people in his administration?”
Not that Cheadle feels that former President Barack Obama did a great deal for black America, either, telling the Times that Obama “didn’t do anything publicly to satisfy me he was for black people.”
Cheadle ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a small-government conservative. He almost elected not to attend the 2016 rally where Trump made him famous.
The black Republican was exhausted from his 2016 electoral campaign and almost stayed in bed.
Instead, he attended the Trump rally — although he was not a fervent supporter — and sat near the front, where Trump singled him out, saying, “Look at my African American over here! Are you the greatest?”
Many people attacked Cheadle as an “Uncle Tom” and a traitor to black people for appearing to bow and scrape before the presidential candidate, whose campaign appealed to white America’s racist fears. Cheadle says he doesn’t mind in the end because it gave him a wider platform.
“It gives me a chance to talk about things that are important as a person who’s not bought by corporations, or corporate America,” he said.