From 8.23 Washington Post story, filed by Katie Mettler and Lindsey Bever: “At a number of political rallies over the past year, a character calling himself ‘Michael the Black Man’ has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and prompting widespread fascination. Almost always, he plugs his wild website,, across his chest. Variously known as Michael Symonette, Maurice Woodside and Mikael Israel, he’s [a] radical fringe activist from Miami who once belonged to a violent black supremacist religious cult, and he runs a handful of amateur, unintelligible conspiracy websites. He has called Barack Obama ‘The Beast’ and Hillary Clinton a Ku Klux Klan member. Oprah Winfrey, he says, is the devil. Most curiously, in the 1990s, he was charged, then acquitted, with conspiracy to commit two murders. But Michael the Black Man loves President Trump.”