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Former President Donald Trump defended himself in a current interview towards those that suppose he’s racist, saying he can’t be as a result of he has “so many” associates who’re Black.

“I have so many Black friends that if I were a racist, they wouldn’t be friends, they would know better than anybody, and fast,” he mentioned in an interview with Semafor printed Friday. “They would not be with me for two minutes if they thought I was racist — and I’m not racist!”

Several Black male celebrities got here to his protection in separate interviews with the information outlet. Those males included heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, retired MLB slugger Darryl Strawberry, boxing promoter Don King, and former NFL star Herschel Walker, who misplaced a 2022 Senate race in Georgia.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Black Conservative Federation Gala on February 23 in Columbia, South Carolina.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the course of the Black Conservative Federation Gala on February 23 in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Trump listed his “strength” and others’ want to be like him as causes that these males converse so warmly about him.

“They see what I’ve done and they see strength, they want strength, okay,” Trump mentioned. “They want strength, they want security. They want jobs, they want to have their jobs. They don’t want to have millions of people come and take their jobs.”

Trump’s response follows an extended historical past of race-baiting. In the late Nineteen Eighties, the now-presidential candidate referred to as for the dying penalty in full-page commercials, after 5 Black New York teenagers had been accused of rape. (All had been later exonerated.)

More lately, after President Barack Obama’s election, he helped spearhead a conspiracy that the primary Black U.S. president was born in Kenya and never the U.S. He defended attendees of the notorious white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as “very fine people.” He indiscriminately smeared Mexican immigrants coming to the U.S. border as criminals and rapists and he championed a ban on migrants from a number of Muslim-majority international locations.

Despite his public historical past of judging and persecuting others, Trump advised Semafor that he thinks he appeals to loads of Black males as a result of they will relate to his authorized struggles, which he’s referred to as unjust and discriminatory. Trump grew to become the primary former American president to be convicted of felony crimes final month.

“They see what’s happening. And a lot of them feel that similar things have happened to them. I mean, they’ve expressed that to me very plainly and very clear. They see what’s happened to them,” he advised Semafor.

The Trump and Biden campaigns have been growing their efforts to sway Black voters forward of November, assembly with Black enterprise leaders, group teams and religion facilities.

Recent polls have proven that Black voters nonetheless overwhelmingly help President Joe Biden over Trump, although the distinction has narrowed a bit from the place it was 4 years in the past.

In one ballot printed final month by the Pew Research Center, 18% of Black voters mentioned they’d vote for Trump whereas 77% mentioned they’d vote for Biden. That help for Trump is greater than double what it was in the course of the 2020 election, when 8% of Black voters supported him.