Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump doesn’t think that his campaign is based on racial fear.
Why? Because he has many supporters among “the blacks.”
During an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood, Trump was asked point blank:
What would you say to someone who said that the core idea of your campaign is appealing to fearful, anxious, white Americans and encouraging the belief that their problems are because of people who look different than them and have different features than them?
Trump didn’t miss a beat.
“No, I don’t think so,” Trump responded. “You know, my audiences are very– many, many blacks.”
He also took another opportunity to bring up the ‘poll‘ that has him at high approval rating with African-Americans.
“I had a poll come out the other day where I was 25 percent approval rating from the blacks as a Republican, which is the highest they have ever recorded,” he said. “Usually, it’s about 7 percent. In fact, they said if the election were held and you got 25% of the black vote, like in this poll, the election is over. You win.”
“You don’t think racial tension is the jet fuel of your campaign?” Harwood asked.
“I don’t think so,” Trump said. “I don’t want it to be and I don’t think it is.”