Trump: Trump is ‘a good guy’ but ‘a bad guy’ when it comes to race
President Donald Trump on Sunday said he is a “good guy” who would not be intimidated by race-baiting by anyone.
The president’s comments come after a racially charged incident in Alabama that led to a protest at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Trump told “Fox News Sunday” that he “did not want to be a racist.”
But, he said, “we are not going to tolerate that in this country.
That is not who we are.
That’s not who America is.”
The president told Fox News Sunday that he did not want “to be a black person” but would not stop “the hate.”
Trump’s comments came as he traveled to Florida for a campaign-style rally in the state.
He was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen.
Trump and his family, including daughter Ivanka, were invited to the rally but were not allowed inside.
The rally was canceled after protesters blocked access to the venue.
The president tweeted a photo of the protesters at the rally.
He also said, however, that he is not “anti-police.”
“You have to understand that there are people in the United States that are very, very violent.
There are some very, I would say, bad people in this world.
There’s a group of people that are not nice people,” he said.
Trump has been criticized for comments he made last week about the fatal shooting of Alton Sterling, an African American, by a white police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
In a tweet that drew a strong response from civil rights groups, Trump called Sterling “a very sick person” who had “a big heart” and “could not be controlled.”
He then added: “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything that we hold dear as Americans.”