Woman who hugged Trump at Chick-fil-A explains his ‘relatable’ appeal, lets Biden have it

A Donald Trump supporter who scored a hug from the former president when he visited an Atlanta Chick-fil-A explained why young black voters seem to be drawn to him while calling out media outlets that try to “warp” perceptions.

Activist Michaelah Montgomery spoke with “Fox & Friends” co-host Lawrence Jones about her encounter with the presumptive 2024 Republican nominee, and how young voters like herself find him “honest” and “relatable.” She also called out those who falsely portray the black community’s support of Trump.

“I don’t care what the media tells you, Mr. Trump, we support you,” Montgomery told the former president, prompting him to ask her for a hug.

“The general consensus or social media would have you thinking that if President Trump were to show up to the HBCU campuses … that like, some angry mob would form or a riot would ensue and that he would not be welcome, and clearly the sentiment in that room the other day was the complete opposite,” Montgomery, the founder of Conserve the Culture, told Jones.

“He was very welcome. People were excited to see him. People showed up in support of him, and people, of course, were from all four institutions within the AUC, the local HBCU community in Atlanta, and they all showed up in support of him,” she added.

“I really appreciate that we were able to not only let him know that regardless of what social media says… I know they’re trying to make us think we’re supposed to hate you, but we don’t,” Montgomery said.

“And additionally, it was a learning experience for my students because they were able to see and experience firsthand how the media can warp that perception of an opinion or a person,” Montgomery added.

“Because, like I said, to think that these students who attend these illustrious institutions aren’t smart enough to make their own decisions, so much so that they would only show support for Trump because he bought chicken sandwiches and milkshakes… that in itself is the most disturbing part of it all,” she said. “Especially when you think about the fact that it was mainly urban media outlets that were doing everything in their power to turn other Black people against these young Black kids who simply were not shy to explore other options.”

“What is it about him that is gravitating these young people toward the president? And a lot of people traditionally, Republicans, don’t do well in Black America. But a lot of young Black Americans like the former president. What is it about him?” Jones asked.

“I think, and this is a sentiment I get a lot coming from the young people themselves, is that they feel like he’s honest,” Montgomery responded.

“They feel like this is somebody who, while we might not agree with how he says things, how he goes about things, at least he’s telling us what it is. We don’t feel like this is a snake in the grass waiting for his chance to bite us,” she added. “This is somebody who’s telling us, ‘This is what my plan is. Here’s how I plan to execute it. Here’s the people involved, and here’s how you can get involved.'”

“So they just feel like he’s more relatable. And I don’t say that to say that, like, you know, they all relate to him. But again, he gives you that relatable feeling to where it’s like, ‘Hey, I’m just like you. You know me. This is what you said you wanted. Here’s what I’m going to try to do about it.’ They really feel like this is somebody who’s talking to them and not just saying what they want to hear,” she told Jones.

“What has Biden done for our community? What has he done for Black America?” Jones asked her.

“Well, he locked up a lot of people that look like me, and they’re still sitting in jail waiting for, you know, justice, an appeal of some sort,” Montgomery replied before going on to torch Biden’s record.

“So when it comes to what Joe Biden has done for Black America, if we look specifically at his record as a senator, it wasn’t something that benefited us at all. If anything, one could argue that he dedicated his entire senatorial career to disrupting the way of life, you know, for black people. He didn’t want black kids going to the same school as his kids. He didn’t want black people walking on the sidewalk along with his mother and grandmother,” she said.

“So the fact that we ignore these things that were said on the Senate floor, like this is somebody who passed legislation with the sole intent of oppressing a certain community, and we’re going to act like that didn’t happen, or we’re going to act like we can be overshadowed by somebody’s comments a few years down the line that made us feel some type of way,” Montogomery continued.

“Feeling some type of way is completely different when you can feel a certain type of way at home versus people who are, you know, as of right now, spending the rest of their lives in jail because, you know, Joe Biden thought that they deserved it, as if there isn’t retribution,” she contended.

“And then you had somebody like Trump come in and give us the First Step Act to try and right the wrongs that were done with this three-strikes rule, and nobody’s talking about that,” she pointed out.

 

Frieda Powers

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