Black Panthers founding member backs Trump for president

Hilliard said the former president has always been "a friend of African Americans."

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC

On Monday, writer and TikToker Carol Mitchell sat down with Black Panthers founding member David Hilliard to discuss his support for Donald Trump. The 82-year-old former revolutionary said he wanted to see the former president back in charge, calling him an ally of the black population. 

Hilliard recalled that it was in the 1960s when he first got to know Trump, who studied at Fordham University from '64-'66 before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania. He said that Trump financially supported the Black Panthers.  

"I knew Trump when Trump was a college student in New York and he supported the Black Panther Party," Hilliard said, calling him "qualified" and a "decent guy.” He went on to say that Trump was "a friend to African Americans," and "not a racist, fascist white man." 

"So, in your opinion ... now that he has these 34 counts of being a felon, Trump has always been part of the black community or familiarized with the black community," Mitchell asked, to which Hilliard responded, "That's exactly right." He went on to suggest that the justice system had targeted Trump because "he likes black folks." 

Mitchell then said with Trump back in the White House would be good for black Americans because he would change the system to ensure everyone is making their own money instead of relying on the government. 

Hilliard agreed with that statement, reiterating that the former president has always been "a friend of African Americans." 

"All power to the people," he concluded. 

Mitchell said she scored the interview after finding out that Hilliard lived in her building. She called the endorsement "huge," arguing that "if anyone could certify who is racist this man would be the one." 

Hilliard joined the Black Panthers in Oakland, California in 1966 after being informed of its formation by childhood friend and fellow founding member Huey Newton. When Newton was arrested a year later, Hilliard served as interim leader of the group for some time. He also served as chief of staff. 

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