Donald Trump on Sunday condemned “all the things that are going on in our country” and insisted he has no connection to white supremacist groups, including the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis.
Trump, who has faced criticism for his handling of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, said he was referring to “many sides” when he spoke in response to a question about his past statements about white supremacists.
He repeated a statement he made in April, when he said: “I disavow all the things and the things are going so well, but they’re not going to happen again.
I’m not racist.
They’re not white supremacists.”
Trump said on Sunday he was not referring to any group.
He also said he has disavowed the KKK, a racist group.
“I disavowed them when I ran for president, because I disavow their hate and their white supremacy.
I disavowed their white supremacists when I was a candidate for president,” Trump said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.””
I’m very proud of my past.
I think we have to be very careful about what we say and how we say it.
And it’s really a combination of many sides,” Trump added.”
The KKK has been in our politics for years.
They’ve been part of our politics.
They are a hate group.
And I disavowing them is very important because they are a racist hate group, which is something that you don’t want to get into.”
Trump, a former reality television star who has since changed his tone on race, said on “Fox News Sunday” he did not want to make a “political issue out of it.”
“You know, I disavoted the KKK when I run for president.
I don’t disavow any groups that are involved in politics,” Trump told host Chris Wallace.
Trump also said that he has received support from people of different races.
“It’s always the white guys.
It’s always me,” he said.”
If you want to look at a few different groups, the KKK has done a lot of work, as far as I know,” Trump continued.”
But I don, frankly, have any ties to that group.”
Trump has faced increasing criticism for not doing enough to curb violence on college campuses and other American universities.
The president has said that violent white nationalists have been emboldened by the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.
Trump said that statues should stay up.
White nationalists have clashed with counterprotesters at protests over the weekend, including one in Berkeley, California, where hundreds of people were injured when a vehicle plowed into a crowd.
Trump on Monday denounced violence on his campuses.
“We are a nation that values freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and we must not allow our freedoms to be trampled on by those that would tear them down,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“There are no good white nationalists.
There are no KKK.
There is only America.”