Michael Woodside, a black man who has often appeared at Donald Trump rallies holding a sign that says "Blacks for Trump," is a former cult member who believes that Cherokee Indians are behind the Ku Klux Klan and are actively working to destroy the U.S.
Woodside, who was born Maurice Woodside, currently goes by a few different names, including Michael Woodside and Michael Symonette, according The New York Daily News.
The Republican activist, who often wears a shirt that says "Trump And Republicans Are Not Racist," is based in Miami and said in 2016 that he supported the businessman's campaign because of his commitment to lowering taxes.
"I wasn't placed [behind Trump], I put myself there," he told John Howell and Ray Stevens of WLS on an Aug. 23 radio show after attending an Arizona rally the night before. "I'm glad I was there so I could get the message out, tell people what's going on with Democrats and the Cherokee Indians that are absolutely destroying the black man and the white man of America."
Woodside's website links to Honestfact.com, a site that says Cherokee Indians are "the real KKK Racist Slave Masters" rather than "White Gentiles who are Black Peoples Republican Emancipators."
"Bill Clinton, he's a Cherokee Indian, you probably already know that," Woodside told WLS. "Even John McCain himself is a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. The men that are blocking President Trump that are in the Republican and Democrat Senate and Congress are all Cherokees and they're in unity."
The famous Trump supporter has also called Oprah Winfrey a "devil" and a "hell-bound Jezebel" who supported President Barack Obama's campaign in hopes of seeing all U.S. citizens killed, notes The Miami New Times.
Woodside is a former follower of the Yahweh ben Yahweh black separatist group, which was led by preacher Hulon Mitchell Jr. The preacher reportedly initiated members by having them murder a random white person, according to The New York Times. The group also allegedly killed former members who fell out with Mitchell Jr., though Woodside said those days are long behind him.
"Yahweh is the one who told me white men are your brothers," he said, according to The Miami New Times. "Before that, I hated all white people. I hated their guts and wanted them dead."
Michael was charged but not convicted of being involved in two murders connected to the Yahweh ben Yahweh group. He has also been charged with grand theft auto, carrying a weapon onto an airplane, and threatening a police officer, though he was not convicted.
After his time with Yahweh ben Yahweh, Michael worked as a musician, started his own radio station, and eventually became a preacher and vocal political activist.
Sources: New York Daily News, WLS, Miami New Times (2), The New York Times, Honestfact.com / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Kira Elise/Miami New Times, Catherine Thompson/Twitter