A black teenager in Atlanta who is an ardent supporter of Donald Trump has been receiving death threats for his political views.
Quay Manuel had a heated debate with a protester at a Donald Trump rally two weeks ago that went viral. Since then, the 16-year-old’s life has turned upside down.
He said he’s received seven or eight death threats and has been brutally harassed online, CBS46 is reporting.
“One comment I remember said that we should go clip this nigger, and clip means we’re going to take you out, basically, and it’s absolutely insane,” Manuel said.
He’s also been told he was letting every ancestor he had down, he’s been called racial slurs and even bullied at work.
“I’ve been referred to as a coon and as an Uncle Tom. Yeah I’ve been referred to as a lot of things, it’s pretty sad,” Manuel said.
Quay said he’s not swayed by the death threats and isn’t getting out of politics.
“I don’t because it actually makes me want to move this campaign forward because that means I’m touching so many people,” Manuel said.
Local Black Lives Matter activists claim they’re not behind the death threats and they don’t condone them.
The president of the Atlanta BLM chapter – who goes by the name “Sir Maejor Page” made an oddly phrased statement.
“It’s morally wrong, it’s ethically wrong and if we’re talking about insinuating on causing bodily harm to another person simply because of their viewpoint I think it’s criminal,” he said (my emphasis).
They still took time, however, to berate him for his political position.
“Where were his parents? We know Donald Trump rallies can be very volatile, very aggressive from both sides of the aisle and I certainly wouldn’t have my 16-year-old child at a Donald Trump rally unsupervised by adults, by his parents,” Page said.
Manuel told CBS46 he was at the rally with friends and their parents. He also said some of the threats were turned over authorities.
On a side note, he said he was initially a Ted Cruz supporter but made the switch when Trump gained momentum.