Trump’s ‘my African-American’ remark turns critics to target

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. At right is his son Eric Trump and at left is campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man singled out by Donald Trump as “my African-American” says he is now the target of harsh criticism himself.

The criticism includes comments he feels are more racist than the remark by the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Trump’s reference to Gregory Cheadle at a campaign rally on Friday is bringing criticism to Trump for his possessive comment, but also to Cheadle for attending in the first place.

Cheadle said Monday that he wasn’t there to back Trump. He is considering other candidates, including Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

But he didn’t take offense to Trump’s remark. Cheadle had Trump autograph two campaign placards at the Northern California rally.

Cheadle says he considers Hillary Clinton’s actions more racist because the Democratic front-runner supported get-tough crime measures in the 1990s. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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