Black Lives Matter (BLM) leader Mark Fisher, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island, recently voiced his support for former President Trump in the 2024 presidential race.
Fisher accused the Democratic Party of implementing policies that negatively affected the Black community and expressed his reasons for his political shift during an appearance on ‘FOX & Friends.’
Mark Fisher tags Democrats’ policies ‘racist,’ praises Trump’s approach
“It’s the duplicity of the Democrats, the hypocrisy,” Fisher told Lawrence Jones during the interview. “We’re not stupid. The brothers are not stupid. We understand when someone’s for us and when someone is not, and it’s obvious that the Democratic Party is not for us.”
Fisher went on to explain that he believes the Democratic policies are detrimental to Black families and the nuclear family structure.
He further criticized the party for not valuing the Black vote and referred to their policies as “racist.” In contrast, he praised Donald Trump for being forthright and advocating policies that uplift the Black community.
Democrats express concern as Trump gains Black voters’ support
“We’ve been used and abused for so long by that party, they don’t value our vote,” Fisher emphasized.
“Their policies are basically racist policies. I believe it’s a racist party. Donald Trump is just the opposite. He’s he’s going to tell you how it is. He’s going to give it to you straight.”
Fisher admired Trump’s efforts to benefit the Black community and stated, “Trump has done more for the Black community than I can any president I can think of in my lifetime.”
This shift in support towards Trump among Black voters has raised concerns for the Democratic Party.
Trump’s surging support among Black voters in Biden-won battleground states
A recent New York Times/Siena College poll revealed that Trump has gained significant support from Black voters in battleground states that President Biden won in 2020.
Black voter support for Trump in states like Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin has increased to 22 percent, up from eight percent in 2020.
Additionally, a poll from May showed that only 41 percent of Black adults wanted Biden to run for a second term, and just 55 percent indicated they would likely support him in the general election.
This marks a significant decline from his early months in office when 9 out of 10 Black voters approved his job performance.
Fisher highlights misinformation among Black Democratic supporters
Fisher suggested that some Black voters who continue to support the Democratic Party are “misinformed” and lack awareness of Trump’s policies and their positive impact on the Black community.
He stressed the importance of education and leadership in spreading this information.
“A lot of people are misinformed,” Fisher noted. “They don’t really understand because they don’t educate themselves on Donald Trump as a person and his history, but if they do that, and it’s going to take… educated leaders to getting the word out there, I think that it’ll happen on its own, and it’ll be organic because personally, I love the man.”
Fisher stays affiliated with BLM, advocates unity, inclusion
Despite his endorsement of Trump, Fisher clarified that he remains affiliated with Black Lives Matter and aims to promote a message of “unity.”
He emphasized the importance of bringing together marginalized groups and strengthening the nation as one united entity.
“My message that I preach and that I tell is unity. It’s a message of unity, unity driven,” Fisher emphasized. “I want to bring together all the marginalized groups from the margins and bring them to the center because we’re stronger together as… one nation under God, indivisible…”