From the moment Trump announced his candidacy for president in June 2015, the real estate mogul’s campaign made headlines for his extravagant, often racist and xenophobic rhetoric.
And as he has done every time he has won a presidential election, Trump has since been forced to backtrack from his comments.
In December, Trump said that the U.S. had “been a victim of a crime” and that his opponents “deserve to be shot,” and then later defended himself against accusations of racism by saying, “I’ve always treated people with respect.”
In February, he again attacked Mexicans as criminals and rapists, and in April, he told a rally in Pensacola, Fla., that he had “very good relationships with some Mexican people.”
On Tuesday, Trump issued an apology, telling reporters that he “did not mean to imply that there was a race problem in this country,” but that his comments were taken out of context.
“I never meant to imply I was against Mexicans.
I’ve always felt good about working with them.
I have very good relationships, and that’s why I’m here.
I don’t hate them,” Trump said.
“But I said things in the past that were wrong and that I was wrong.
I was very wrong about the first statement.
It was taken out.
It’s not true anymore.
And I regret it.
I apologized to everybody and I’m very, very sorry.”
Trump’s campaign has taken to calling the campaign’s latest comments a “clumsy and dangerous lie,” but some have accused the president of using race as a political wedge issue.
The campaign has since defended the candidate against the accusations, and Trump has doubled down on his comments that he was joking when he said that he wanted to shoot people that were “bringing drugs” into the country.
“This is not just an election issue.
This is an issue of immigration,” Trump told Fox News.
“It’s an issue that has to be addressed.
The president and I have been very good friends for many years, and I know his heart and his family very well.
He’s a great person and he’s very smart.
But you know, we have to fix our inner cities.
And he knows that.
He knows the people in the inner cities are dying.
We’re going to have to do something about it.
But this is an important issue that’s going to come to a head at some point.”””
And so we have some very good people with us.
But this is an important issue that’s going to come to a head at some point.””
There are some very talented people who are leaving, who are getting jobs in other countries, and they are getting rich, and now they’re saying that this is the country that has a problem.
This country has a race issue.
And that is ridiculous,” he added.