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Posted | by CHARLIE CLIPS

On Thursday in Washington, Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” inauguration concert went down at the Lincoln Memorial. Chrisette Michele proudly sang at the event, leading to immense backlash from the black community, which she addressed in a recent interview with Billboard. “My family has disowned me. If you decide to Google me, you’ll see that America is writing about me in their newspapers.” She went on to reveal that she didn’t even get to meet Trump–which left her slightly peeved, considering she’s the “poster child for black discord” right now–and today she appeared on The Breakfast Club, where she continued to try to justify her actions and comments.

“I needed them to see us,” said Chrisette to Breakfast Club‘s Charlamagne per The Fader, likely because she’d never heard of the Women’s March. “I needed them to see what we have to say, what we look like, how we talk.” She continued, “With the entire campaign experience I think many of us were wondering, ‘Who is he talking to?’ You would hear something and you would say, ‘Why does he think it’s OK to talk to “us” like that?’ So I needed him to see what “us” looks like because I was as confused as everybody else.”

Lot’s to unpack here, but let’s look at two of the main brow-raisers in her retort. Chances are, rallying and mobilizing over 1 million people nationwide–forcing media coverage across several major platforms to adjust their rhetoric–is a more effective method of getting any defiant political figure to “see” you and understand your stance than partaking in and following the instructions of a concert that said figure orchestrated.

Secondly, this idea that Michele’s performance somehow convinced Trump that he shouldn’t “speak” to the black community in the manner that he has must have worked wonders. Because of her performance, Trump declined to dangle federal police action in an ultimatum tweeted out to sections of Chicago engulfed in violence and poverty.

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