On Thursday, Gregory Cheadle, the black Trump supporter that the president referred to as “my African-American over there” in 2016, left the Republican Party and announced a run for Congress as an independent, citing his frustration that Trump doesn’t care about issues impacting the black community.
In conversation with reporters on the White House lawn, Trump — who seemed not to even remember the incident — brushed the whole thing aside as unimportant.
“The man that you called ‘my African-American’ at your rally in 2016, he says he’s leaving the Republican Party because you’re pursuing a ‘pro-white’ agenda,” said a reporter. “What’s your reaction? What do you say so him? He used to be a supporter of yours … He’s not anymore.”
“I don’t know who you’re talking about,” said Trump.
“The man you pointed out at the rally and called ‘my African-American,'” said the reporter. “He used to support you.”
“We have tremendous African-American support,” said Trump. “I would say I’m at my all-time high. I don’t think I’ve ever had the support I have now. I think I’ll do well with African-Americans. African-American support has been the best we’ve had, and a lot has to do with from an employment and unemployment both, employment and unemployment—”
“Do you think he’s wrong?” the reporter pressed him.
“I think this. It’s very simple. We have the best numbers we’ve had for African-Americans in terms of employment and unemployment,” said Trump. “I think we’re going to do well.”
Trump spokesperson resorts to insulting CNN host in off-the-rails interview over president’s tax scandal
A CNN interview with Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh quickly turned into a shouting match after host Jim Sciutto peppered him with questions about the president's federal tax avoidance that was comprehensively covered in a New York Times report.
Ostensibly brought on to discuss Tuesday night's debate between Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, Sciutto attempted to get answers from Murtaugh to questions his colleague Poppy Harlow couldn't get a Trump White House spokesperson to answer on Monday in an equally contentious interview.
Ana Navarro goes off on Ivanka after Trump defender tries to drag Hunter Biden into debate discussion
During a CNN panel discussion on tonight's debate between Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, a former adviser to the president suggested Biden's son, Hunter, should be fair game for attacks which led fellow panelist Ana Navarro to give him a lesson in the first daughter's corruption and the president's possible legal problems.
With "New Day" hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota looking on, David Urban said he expected Hunter Biden would be used against his father during the debate.
"If the president brings up Hunter Biden as we have heard some suggest he will repeatedly, how do you think Joe Biden should respond?" Urban challenged Navarro.
WATCH: Ex-Trump adviser clashes with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota over New York Time’s tax bombshell
On CNN Tuesday, Republican lobbyist and former Trump adviser David Urban tried to talk over anchor Alisyn Camerota to dispute the bombshell tax story in The New York Times — and Joe Biden strategist and Never-Trump conservative Ana Navarro-Cárdenas promptly mocked him.
"He's not going to increase your taxes or take away your guns," said Urban. "He's not going to do all of the things that Joe Biden and the Democratic platform says he's going to do. With respect to taxes, I just want to point out I made a graphic of what you had up earlier. He paid 1 million bucks in 2016."