Former President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he'd be "very honored" if he received support from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) group.
According to a report from Business Insider, the 45th president is making comments in contrast to some of his previous statements about the group that is known to be on the far-left flank and opposed to many declared Republican Party positions.
The former president's comments were made in response to an endorsement by political activist Mark Fisher on Tuesday, who is also said to be one of the co-founders of a BLM subgroup.
The activist also offered condemnation of the Democrat Party, and he was introduced as the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Rhode Island.
Fisher's Comments and Trump's Response
"Personally I love the man. I mean," said Fisher. "How could you not like a real man? How could you not relate to someone like that?"
Trump responded on TruthSocial, saying he had already spoken with the BLM cofounder, and he considered Fisher to be a "great guy."
"Very honored to have his and BLM's support," Trump said, before claiming to have "done more for Black people than any other President (Lincoln?)," an oft-disputed remark that he's regularly made in the last few years.
Some have considered Trump's current appreciation for the support from the BLM leader to be a contradiction to what he said about the organization in the past, particularly during his term in office.
Other BLM Leader's Response
Black Lives Matter leaders are disputing the idea that Trump has the support of the movement.
According to Black Lives Matter Rhode Island organizer Gary Dantzler, who spoke with the Providence Journal, Fisher was not a co-founder of the group, but he did work under its umbrella for a few months.
"Mark Fisher stated he was one of the co-founders of BLM," Dantzler told the outlet.
"Absolutely not. He was a respected advocate for BLM. That's it. And he was paid and somewhere he got fired and demoted," Dantzler added.
Fisher is credited with establishing BLM Incorporated, an organization whose stated purpose is to "support" the Black Lives Matter movement.