Donald Trump on Thursday slammed President Barack Obama for criticizing his administration’s response to the KKK and the Ku Klux Klan, and the president defended the criticism.
During a rally in Florida, Trump accused Obama of having “been wrong about a lot of things, and he has been wrong about this whole thing” in calling out the KKK, a group that he said has been responsible for a number of violent attacks against minority groups.
“He’s been wrong on a lot, but he has not been wrong with this one,” Trump said of the president’s criticism of Obama’s response.
“I would not say that about him.
He is a man that has been very good to me.
But this is a very important one, and I will say it right now.””
You know, he is being totally honest about it, but it is a bad thing for a lot to be being done,” Trump continued.
“This has been going on for years, it is happening every day, it’s bad for a person to be called a bigot and you know, bad for our country.”
Trump, who has been repeatedly criticized by the media for his response to white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, claimed the president was “out of touch” with the people of the United States.
“The people of this country are very sick and tired of being lied to, of being bullied, of having their voice taken away, and that has got to stop,” Trump told a crowd in Tallahassee.
“It’s not right.
This is something that I have been very concerned about for a long time.”
Trump went on to argue that it is “unfair” to accuse the president of having engaged in racial bigotry, given that the President has been in office for more than two years and has “been very fair and very nice” to African-Americans.
“This was a very good thing that was done, but I would not call it a bad act, you know,” Trump added.
“The President has said that he would call out bad-looking people.
I think it is very unfair, it should not be called that, but we should call it what it is, which is bad- looking people.”
Trump added that he is “very happy” that the president has “a lot of African-American supporters” despite “a very bad administration,” adding, “You know what?
I’m very happy.””
I know you are not happy, and you will be very disappointed, but you are very happy,” he said.
“We are very pleased that the African- American community is doing well.
It’s good for the country, it gives us a lot.”
Trump said he has also spoken with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the issue.
“Sessions is doing a great job,” Trump insisted.
“And I have to say that I think the President is out of touch on this.
I have a lot and I have some, but not as much as you do.”
During his speech, Trump also criticized the Obama administration’s efforts to curb white supremacist violence and urged the president to take “more action” against the KKK.
“President Obama is out on the campaign trail, calling out our great KKK, and calling out bad looking Klansmen,” Trump concluded.
“You’re not going to get that done.
He should call them out and get them on the back.”
Trump has previously criticized the White House for being “out-of-touch” on the KKK issue.
“I have great respect for the Attorney General,” Trump recently said at a rally.
“But I have great concern about this president, because he’s not out on it.
He’s not taking it seriously.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.