President Trump on Wednesday called a black reporter’s question about his self-professed nationalism “racist.”
The president cut off Yamiche Alcindor of the PBS Newshour at a news conference after she asked whether his embrace of “nationalism” is bolstering white nationalists.
“I don’t know why you’d say that,” he said. “That’s such a racist question.”
“There are some people that say that now the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric,” Alcindor had said.
“Oh, I don’t believe that,” Trump said.”I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that. I don’t know — why do I have my highest poll numbers ever with African Americans? Why do I have among the highest poll numbers with African Americans? I mean, why do I have my highest poll numbers?”
He continued, “That’s such a racist question. Honestly, I know you have it written down and you’re going to tell me. Let me tell you, that’s a racist question.”
Trump drew a contrast between nationalists and globalists. “I love our country. … I also love the world and I don’t mind helping the world but we have to straighten out our country first.”
“To say that, what you said, is so insulting to me. It’s a very terrible thing that you said,” he said.
Trump was asked later in the news conference about reports that he had used racist language in the past behind closed doors.
“I would never do that. I don’t use racist remarks and if I did you would have known about it. I’ve been hearing there were tapes for years. I never worried about it because I’ve never used racist remarks,” Trump told a reporter for Yahoo News.
“When you talk about division, it’s people like this who cause division,” he said of the reporter.