GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSeven key players for Trump on immigration Spicer: Media coverage of Trump has not been fair Kasich finds it hard to rule out 2020 MORE says he does not agree with comments from Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia questioning the efficacy of affirmative action.
The billionaire said he thought Scalia’s comments were “very tough to the African-American community.”
Trump, who has supported affirmative action in the past but declined to say whether he was in favor of it today, said he has great friendships with black people.
“I have great African-American friendships,” he said. “I have just amazing relationships. And so many positive things have happened.”
In oral argument for a case challenging affirmative action at public universities earlier this week, Scalia posited that minority students who were not qualified for admission at elite universities would perform better at “less-advanced schools.”
Scalia was excoriated by Democratic lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who called his comments “racist.”