Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pointed at an African-American man during his rally at the Redding Municipal Airport in California on June 3 (video below).
"We had a case where we had an African-American guy who was a fan of mine, great fan, great guy," Trump stated, according to CBS News. "In fact, I want to find out what's going on with him."
"You know what I'm- Look at my African-American over here," Trump said, while reportedly pointing to a black man in the crowd. "Look at him! Are you the greatest? You know what I’m talking about?"
Trump used that moment to set up a story about another African-American supporter, according to RawStory:
He’s sitting there behaving, and we had protesters inside the arena. And they were dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit, OK? And they’re running around dressed as Ku Klux Klan.
This African-American gets up and man, he slugged these guys. By that time, their hat was off. But this guy — a great guy, I think he was a military guy for a long time — he slugged the guy wearing the Ku Klux Klan outfit.
CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond later tweeted a comment from the Trump campaign, which said: "Trump spox Hope Hicks: 'He’s just referring to a supporter in the crowd, there's no ill will intended, obviously.'"
The African-American whom Trump was referring to was Gregory Cheadle, who was glad Trump acknowledged him in a crowd that was 99.99 percent white, The Record Searchlight reports.
"To give the black folk the time of the day, I was happy," Cheadle said.
More than 4,000 people attended the rally, and Trump greeted supporters after his speech.
“I was at the point he was about to leave and I called out, ‘Uncle Donald, Uncle Donald,’” Cheadle stated. “He recognized me as the guy he had called out."
Cheadle said Trump spoke to directly with him, and paraphrased what the GOP candidate said to him: "You know what I was talking about? Jobs, jobs, jobs."
"I said, ‘Yeah, jobs.’ It’s all a fog," Cheadle recalled. "I’m glad I’m not on the witness stand. But it means a lot to me when a person of his stature can come to Redding."