During a recent rally for Republican nominee Donald Trump, a white woman held up a sign that professed African-American support for the business mogul. The image is a strange contradiction.
On Oct. 13, Trump campaigned in Lakeland, Florida. He spent the majority of the campaign event blasting the women who have come forward to accuse him of sexual assault, CBS News reports.
Visibly standing behind Trump was a white woman brandishing a sign emblazoned with “Blacks for Trump.”
The image was swiftly pointed out by viewers on social media.
“My eye keeps coming back to this older white woman holding up a 'Blacks for Trump' sign to Trump’s left,” tweeted one user.
“Why is this white woman is holding a ‘Blacks for Trump sign,” tweeted another.
Trump rallies are often disorganized in how they distribute campaign signs, meaning the white woman in question may have been given the sign and did not know what message she was holding up.
In August, Trump began to pitch his campaign to African-American voters, suggesting that their situation was so dire they had nothing left to lose.
“Look at how much African-American communities have suffered under Democratic control,” Trump said, according to NBC News. “To those I say the following: What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump?
“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good,” he added. “You have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose?”
Black unemployment is at 8.3 percent and only 28 percent of African-Americans live in poverty. Many African-American voters have expressed disgust with Trump’s appeals to their communities, The Associated Press reports.
Vanessa Allen said Trump, “talks down on us like we are dogs in the street. He has no respect for black people.”
El Brown of Virginia blasted Trump for stereotyping African-Americans in his speeches.
“He just took this huge generalization and painted an entire population of people with it,” Brown said. “You would think in 2016 you wouldn’t have an example of that.”
On June 28, a Reuters/Ipsos survey found that Trump supporters were more likely to view African-Americans negatively than supporters of any other presidential candidate in the 2016 election cycle.
The poll found that 32 percent of self-identifying Trump supporters thought that whites were more intelligent than blacks, 40 percent that whites were more hardworking than blacks and 44 percent thought whites were more well-mannered than blacks.