Why Is Mississippi’s First Black Mayor Since Reconstruction Endorsing Trump For President?
There’s one main reason why Mississippi’s Charles Evers is endorsing Donald Trump for president.
“I believe in him first of all because he’s a businessman,” the 93-year-old civil rights activist told The Clarion-Ledger Friday. “I think jobs are badly needed in Mississippi.”
“Our catfish is shipped to China and brought back for us to buy. Put a catfish farm here.”
Additionally, Evers stated he hasn’t “seen any proof of [Trump] being a racist.”
“All of us have some racism in us. Even me,” he added before stating — in reference to Trump’s inflammatory positions on immigration –that the United States is not obligated in any capacity to support illegal immigrants.
Evers became Mississippi’s first NAACP field secretary after his younger brother — civil rights leader Medgar Evers — was assassinated in front of the family’s Jackson, MS home in 1963.
He was the first black man to be elected mayor of a Mississippi town since Reconstruction (Fayette, 1969) and gained national notoriety when he switched to the Republican party and endorsed Ronald Reagan in 1980.