/Trump on Democratic critics: They call anybody a racist
Trump on Democratic critics: They call anybody a racist

Trump on Democratic critics: They call anybody a racist


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump sought to distance himself from the white nationalist movement Friday as a growing chorus of Democrats have accused him of being a racist whose anti-immigrant rhetoric has given fuel to the ideology.
Asked for his response to some Democrats who have said he is a white nationalist or a white supremacist, Trump pushed back. “I don’t like it when they do it because I’m not any of those things, I think it’s a disgrace and it shows how desperate the Democrats are,” Trump told reporters before departing the White House for a New York fundraiser.
“For them to throw out the race word again — ‘racist, racist, racist’ — that’s all they use to anybody,” he added. “They called Nancy Pelosi a racist. She’s not a racist. They call anybody a racist when they run out of cards.”
Trump’s statement that said he didn’t like Democrats accusing him or others of being racist came shortly after he leveled the accusation at Hollywood.
“Hollywood is really terrible. You talk about racist — Hollywood is racist,” Trump had told reporters a few minutes earlier. “What they’re doing with the kind of movies they’re putting out, it’s actually very dangerous for our country. What Hollywood is doing is a tremendous disservice to our country.”
The president condemned “racism, bigotry and white supremacy” in a televised address Monday following the killing of almost two dozen people in El Paso, Texas, where the shooter appeared to be specifically targeting Mexicans. But those remarks did not dampen the criticism over his previous rhetoric.
Trump has been called a white nationalist or a white supremacist this week by several Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, citing his divisive language and actions toward immigrants.
The president has called himself a “nationalist” in the past, but framed it in the context of putting America’s interests first. The word, however, carries a strong connotation as being associated with anti-Semitism and the alt-right movement.
Trump has shown no signs of backing down on his policies toward immigration. He stood by his administration’s decision to carry out a raid on a food processing plant where more than 600 people were arrested. In many cases, those arrested had children who were left without any parent to take care of them.
“I want people to know that if they come into the United States illegally, they are getting out. They’ll be brought out. And this is a very good deterrent,” Trump said.

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First lady Melania Trump speaks to supporters at a rally where President Donald Trump formally announced his 2020 re-election bid Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive on stage to formally kick off his re-election bid with a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

US President Donald Trump greets First Lady Melania Trump as he takes the stage for the official launch of the Trump 2020 campaign at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. – Trump kicks off his reelection campaign at what promised to be a rollicking evening rally in Orlando. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, USA – JUNE 18: US first lady Melania Trump greets supporters during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. President Donald Trump officially launches his 2020 campaign. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui T./Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

First lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump greet supporters at a rally to formally announce his 2020 re-election bid Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, USA – JUNE 18: US first lady Melania Trump (C) beside US President Donald Trump (R) speaks during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. President Donald Trump officially launches his 2020 campaign. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui T./Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at his re-election kickoff rally at the Amway Center, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

ORLANDO, USA – JUNE 18: US President Donald Trump (2nd L), first lady Melania Trump (L), US Vice President Mike Pence (2nd R) and his wife Karen Pence (R) greet supporters during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. President Donald Trump officially launches his 2020 campaign. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui T./Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, USA – JUNE 18: US President Donald Trump (C-L) and first lady Melania Trump (C) arrive on stage during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. President Donald Trump officially launches his 2020 campaign. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui T./Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for the official launch of the Trump 2020 campaign at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. – Trump kicks off his reelection campaign at what promised to be a rollicking evening rally in Orlando. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

TOPSHOT – US President Donald Trump greets First Lady Melania Trump as he takes the stage for the official launch of the Trump 2020 campaign at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. – Trump kicks off his reelection campaign at what promised to be a rollicking evening rally in Orlando. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, USA – JUNE 18: US President Donald Trump (R) and first lady Melania Trump (L) greet supporters a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. President Donald Trump officially launches his 2020 campaign. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui T./Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive for the official launch of the Trump 2020 campaign at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. – Trump kicks off his reelection campaign at what promised to be a rollicking evening rally in Orlando. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet supporters at a rally where the president formally announced his 2020 re-election bid Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump arrives to speak at his re-election kickoff rally at the Amway Center, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

ORLANDO, USA – JUNE 18: US President Donald Trump (C-L) and first lady Melania Trump (C-R) arrive on stage during a rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on June 18, 2019. President Donald Trump officially launches his 2020 campaign. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui T./Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump kiss at a campaign kick off rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts with first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence on stage formally kicking off his re-election bid with a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wave at a campaign kick off rally at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

First lady Melania Trump speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as he formally kick off his re-election bid with a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts with first lady Melania Trump as he formally kick off his re-election bid with a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts with first lady Melania Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence on stage formally kicking off his re-election bid with a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

First lady Melania Trump speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as he formally kick off his re-election bid with a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 18, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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