*The videotaped interview Donald Trump granted Detroit’s Bishop Wayne T. Jackson earlier this month has finally aired on the Impact Network, and the topic of the GOP presidential nominee’s multiple accusations of racism was among the topics addressed.
“I am the least racist person that you have ever met,” Trump told the pastor, according to CNN.
“And you can speak to Don King, who knows me very well. You can speak to so many different people,” Trump said, referring to the famous boxing promoter.
Jackson conducted an interview with the GOP nominee earlier this month before hosting Trump at his Detroit church, Great Faith Ministries International. He faced some backlash for inviting Trump given some of his past comments.
Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, has repeatedly criticized Trump for racially insensitive comments, recently saying that half of his supporters are a “basket of deplorables” including racists.
Trump dismissed the charge as merely a partisan attack, not one specific to him and his campaign rhetoric.
“They were calling Romney a racist. They were calling McCain a racist. They call everybody that’s a Republican a racist. It’s automatic,” he told Jackson in the interview. “And all of a sudden it’s getting more and more vicious.”
Trump has repeatedly engaged in divisive and racist rhetoric since the launch of his campaign.
He accused the Black Lives Matter movement of instigating the recent killings of police officers.
“Certainly, in certain instances they are,” Trump told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly in July, when he asked whether the group has been “a fuse-lighter in the assassinations of these police officers.”
“They certainly have ignited people and you see that … It’s a very, very serious situation and we just can’t let it happen,” he added.
Trump was also sued by the federal government in the 1970s for breaking federal laws and discriminating against communities of color in housing.
Most recently, Trump has been challenged on the tone and accuracy of his approach to African-American voter outreach.
“You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed — what the hell do you have to lose?” Trump told black voters in a recent campaign speech.