Trump: I'm the 'Least Racist Person You Have Ever Interviewed'
4 Democrats are boycotting SOTU speech
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2018 1:27 AM CST
President Trump arrives at the Trump International Golf Club in in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – President Trump responded to accusations of racism Sunday in quintessentially Trumpian fashion: He boasted to reporters that he was less of a racist than anybody else. "No, no, I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed," Trump said to reporters outside the Trump International Golf Course in Florida, per Politico. "That I can tell you." It is a claim Trump has made before: "Mitt Romney had his chance to beat a failed president but he choked like a dog. Now he calls me racist - but I am least racist person there is," Trump tweeted in June 2016 after Romney warned that a Trump presidency could cause "trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny."

Trump also denied having called African countries "shitholes" during an Oval Office meeting, saying: "Did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments? They were not made." Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson, meanwhile, announced that she will be boycotting Trump's State of the Union speech, the Hill reports. "I have no doubt that instead of delivering a message of inclusivity and an agenda that benefits all Americans, President Trump's address will be full of innuendo, empty promises, and lies," said the Florida lawmaker, who clashed with Trump after a serviceman's death in Niger last year. At least three other Democrats, including Georgia civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, are also planning to boycott the Jan. 30 speech.

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