After the White House intern photo was leaked to the media, one intern was attacked online by leftists for choosing to work for the Trump administration as a black man.
An edited version of the photo was shared on the Facebook page “Funny or Die,” which has more than 15 million likes, depicting Jalen Drummond as Chris from “Get Out,” a thriller movie about a black man who goes to meet his white girlfriend’s family, who then try to trap him.
Drummond who was standing behind the president in the photo was attacked by various Facebook users. One called him a “White n*****,” another called him a “house n****,” another called him an “Uncle Tom,” and another said he will be a “low down dog when they eventually, and inevitably kick him out of the program.”
Huffington Post has also criticized the internship program for the lack of diversity.
Drummond responded to the attacks on Twitter saying: “It was an incredible honor and privilege serving as one of @realDonaldTrump’s White House interns this summer. Of course, the so called ‘tolerant left’ wasted no time leveling racist and disgusting rhetoric my way! #sad #noclass.”
It was an incredible honor and privilege serving as one of @realDonaldTrump’s White House interns this summer. Of course, the so called “tolerant left” wasted no time leveling racist and disgusting rhetoric my way! #sad #noclass 🇺🇸🐘 pic.twitter.com/b36aNTVrLD
— Jalen Drummond (@jalen_drummond) September 15, 2018
Despite the criticism, Drummond has expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to be a White House Intern. “Thousands of individuals, many of whom are educated at Ivy League institutions and have connections to power, applied for one of these few coveted spots. Every single morning when I walked through the White House gates, I would pinch myself to remember that this wasn’t a dream,” wrote Drummond in a Facebook post reported by Alabama’s Yellow Hammer.
“I say that because never in a million years would I have thought that such an opportunity would be bestowed upon me, an average kid who was raised in rural east Alabama and educated at a poor county school,” he continued. “However, we truly serve an almighty God and his plans are much bigger than man’s expectations. Serving as an intern in the Trump White House has been an experience of a lifetime, and I have made friendships that I will cherish forever.”
Drummond is from Randolph County and previously interned for former Rep. Mike Rodgers (R-AL) and former Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL).
Diante Johnson, the President of the Black Conservative Federation called the incident “unfortunate” and said that he hopes “it doesn’t affect his willingness to be involved, his patriotism, and his love for America.”
“It happens to black conservatives — I have experienced it and it is unfortunate,” Johnson said. “I get many calls from black conservatives about the mistreatment they experience and I tell them they need to be tough and keep your purpose.”
“Are we promoting people to be independent freethinkers or are we expecting them all to conform to one ideology?” Johnson added.