By H. Peter Johnson
Although Donald Trump’s disastrous presidential campaign has been marked by several racial gaffes, some of his supporters are trying to cast him as someone who could heal the nation’s racial wounds.
Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate and Trump supporter, said the New York billionaire could bring people together like Martin Luther King.
“Martin Luther King was all about lifting up working people, and so is Donald Trump,” said Cain. “Sure he inherited $300 million from his dad and got a $1 million loan to start his business, but he understands the struggles of working people.”
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who has been talked about as a potential Trump vice presidential candidate, also praised the real-estate magnate’s efforts to bring the races together.
“I think he is trying to campaign as a racial healer,” said Fallin during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think that has been part of his message, if you watch what he said this week, he talked about how devastating it was for Dallas, how we need to respect our law enforcement, to pray for those who are killed and those who are injured,”
Trump’s campaign has become infamous for anti-Muslim and anti-Mexican comments. He has also retweeted several messages taken from white supremacist sites. White nationalists website, such as Stormfront, also attribute his comments to increased traffic.