Henry Davis is one of Donald Trump's favorite "African Americans." And although much of the conservative influencer's hometown, St. Louis, reviles the president, Davis' output of song parodies, conspiracy theories and satire videos have made him a recognizable star in the Trump army.
And this week, he and Trump will finally meet in-person. Per an invitation Davis posted to Twitter this week, he's been invited to a Thursday dinner with the president this Thursday to celebrate Black History Month.
The invite landed Davis on the local news last night. In an interview with Fox 2's Vic Faust, Davis described being contacted by Brandon Tatum and Candace Owens, both figures in the cadre of high-visibility black Trump supporters, a group that also includes the pro-Trump duo Diamond and Silk.
Davis, who begins many of his videos by introducing himself as a "black Donald Trump supporter" and purports to be writing a book called "The Coon," told Fox 2 last night that he wants to Trump to visit "the hood" of St. Louis, including north city's College Hill neighborhood and other "third world communities and help us revitalize it."
"There’s a lot of the African-American race that feel President Trump is racist,” Davis added in the interview with Fox 2. "They don’t know him. They don't have a clue. That’s because of what the media pushes. The mainstream media."
However, Davis' own videos frequently trade in conservative stereotypes about black voters, and at times the content seems more tailored for right wing Facebook groups and MAGA subreddits than black audiences allegedly manipulated by the media into thinking Trump is a racist.
For instance, Davis' most-watched YouTube video, titled, "BLACK Donald Trump supporter CRYING BECAUSE TRUMP WON THE ELECTION! I'M UPSET!" presents three minutes of Davis fake-crying while playing the character of a distraught anti-Trump black man who says things like, "I like being broke, I don't want a good job," and "You mean I can't hang out with my illegal immigrant friends?"
Crying is something of a theme for Davis, who wears t-shirts shirts stenciled with his face and the slogan, "Go Trump or Cry." In a June 2018 tweet, Davis cried to the camera once again — but this time, the tears were presented as authentic displays of emotion as Davis reflected on Trump's speech during a groundbreaking ceremony for the opening of a Foxconn plant in Wisconsin.
In another video, David breathlessly advanced a conspiracy theory about U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota). Although Davis did not name her in the video, the theory described a congresswoman marrying her brother — a widely circulated suggestion in right wing blogs targeting Omar. Davis suggested the Muslim congresswoman is "infiltrating" the U.S. government and helping free ISIS prisoners — the same people, Davis adds, "trying to kill us, us Christian folks."
But as with Trump, Davis' starkly uninformed xenophobia is just one side of his persona. He's also a goofy and exuberant performer, a side revealed in a song parody of "Mony Mony." In Davis' version, the original song's blessedly nonsensical lyrics are replaced by lines like, "Hair is looking good and I feel alright now" and choruses of "T.R.U.M.P — Go Trump!"
Oh. And the whole time Davis is wearing an orange Mohawk wig.
It's going to be some dinner. Davis and Trump are totally going to be the best of friends, we can tell.
Follow Danny Wicentowski on Twitter at @D_Towski. E-mail the author at Danny.Wicentowski@RiverfrontTimes.com
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