President Donald Trump told an African-American reporter that her question on white nationalism was racist.
Here’s the exchange between the two:
Reporter: “On the campaign trail you called yourself a nationalist. Some people saw that as emboldening white nationalists. Now people are also…”
Trump: “I don’t know why you say that. It’s such a racist question.”
Reporter: “There are some people that say that. Now the Republican Party is seen as supporting white nationalists because of your rhetoric. What do you make of that?”
Trump: “I don’t believe I just don’t. Well, 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… honestly, that such a racist question honestly. I mean, I know you haven’t written down and you’re going to tell me. Let me tell ya, that it’s a racist question.”
Reporter: “Mr. President…”
Trump: “I love it. You know what the word is. I love our country. I do. You call… You have nationalists you have globalists. I also love the world and I don’t want helping the world. But we have to straighten out our country first. A lot of problems and let’s excuse me but to say that what you said is so insulting to me it’s a very terrible thing that you said.”
Trump earlier made headlines after he called CNN’s Jim Acosta a “rude, terrible person.”
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