The former Republican presidential nominee said in an interview published Wednesday that he does not believe it is necessary to have a history of racism to be a bigot.
Trump said he was “never” racist, but that he is a racist because he thinks he can change the racial makeup of the country.
Trump also said that the American people are racist and that he doesn’t believe the country can ever truly become white again.
“I don’t believe it.
I don’t see it.
Because I’m not racist, I don (sic),” he said in the interview with The Wall Street Journal.
The interview comes after Trump faced criticism from Democrats over comments he made in September, in which he suggested the nation could not have a “white majority” without some kind of white genocide.
Trump, the former Republican nominee, made the comments during a speech in which a group of white supremacists gathered in a Virginia park, chanting: “We are a people, we are a nation, and we are white.”
Trump called the rally “racist” during his remarks.
Trump made his comments during an interview with Breitbart News on Wednesday.
In the interview, he also called himself a “very proud” white supremacist.
“If I ever made a mistake, I’m a very proud white supremacist,” he said.
“And if I made a stupid mistake, that’s not my fault.
I am a racist.””
I am a very racist person.
And if you look at history, if you know, history has shown that the more white, the more successful the country has been,” Trump added.
“I am not racist.
And I don: I am not an idiot.
I know that.
And so I don(sic) believe it.”
Trump has not responded to a request for comment from The Associated Press.