Michael the Black Man
Michael the Black Man (born Maurice Woodside, but also known as Michael Symonette and Mikael Israel) is an American political figure from Miami, Florida. An outspoken supporter of current President of the United States Donald Trump, he is known for appearing at Trump's rallies both before and after the 2016 election, and is often seen holding a "Blacks for Trump" sign at these rallies.
Membership in Yahweh ben Yahweh cult
Woodside first met Hulon Mitchell Jr., better known as Yahweh Ben Yahweh, in 1980. Along with his brother, Ricardo, who joined the cult before he did, Woodside was reported to have played "a big role in the rise and fall of the [Yahweh ben Yahweh] cult". His mother, Johnnie Simmons, was also a devout member of the cult; he later left the cult with his sister after his mother died. He was one of 16 members of Yahweh ben Yahweh arrested and charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder in 1990. He was found not guilty of these charges by a Florida jury in 1992, although Yahweh himself was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison. At the trial, Ricardo testified that he and Maurice attempted unsuccessfully to murder Eric Burke, a dissident member of Yahweh's cult, and that Maurice had also helped beat another cult member, Aston Green, unconscious.
Later career and reinvention
Woodside subsequently became a rabid opponent of the Democratic Party, changed his name to Michael Symonette, and began a career as a musician. He later started a radio station, BOSS 104.1 FM, before reinventing himself as "Michael the Black Man". He briefly came to media attention in September 2008, when he accused Oprah Winfrey of being the devil, and Barack Obama of being endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan, at one of Obama's speeches in Coral Gables. In 2012, he spoke to the audience at a Rick Santorum campaign rally in Coral Springs, where he said that the Democrats were "the worst thing that ever happen [sic] to the black man." As of August 2017, he runs multiple conspiracy theory-promoting websites, including Gods2.com, which he frequently promotes on his shirt at Trump rallies.
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...his trademark T-shirt lists a website Gods2.com, which redirects viewers to honestfact.com, a page teeming with outlandish conspiracy theories, compared to which Alex Jones is a voice of calm reason.