Trump Jr. denies father is racist: Black leaders who criticize all 'have pictures with him'
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During an interview with The Daily Caller published over the weekend, Trump Jr. said his father wasn’t called racist before he got into politics.
 
“You know it’s amazing — all the rappers, all his African-American friends, from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton, have pictures with him,” he said. 
 
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Public photos show Trump with rappers including Ja Rule, Puff Daddy, Odd Future, Snoop Dogg and Lil Jon from his years as a New York business mogul.  

 
Kanye West met with then-President-elect Trump at Tower Trump in December 2016, and has said he would have voted for him. 
 
Jay-Z publicly criticized Trump for reportedly calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations “shithole countries.” Trump fired back in a tweet, touting the drop in black unemployment under his presidency.
 
 
The Rev. Al Sharpton is frequently critical of Trump on his stance on civil rights, even leading a march in protest of Trump’s inauguration. 
 
Sharpton wrote a scathing op-ed about Trump on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, accusing him of emboldening racist ideologies. 
 
Democrats, media members, outside groups, international officials, celebrities and some Republicans called Trump racist after the reported “shithole countries” remark.
 
His critics were friendlier when Trump was donating to charities or sponsoring scholarships but their attitudes changed when Trump ran for president and he was suddenly “the most terrible human being,” Trump Jr. said. 

“But now, all of a sudden, you’re a conservative, so we must take this stance,” Trump Jr. said. “You know, again, it’s another backfire. You can only do so much before people start to see through the nonsense.” 

Trump Jr. said accusations of racism against his father are a “smear” and distract from people who are “actually oppressed.” 

“Certainly, racism exists, but if it’s your response to any argument you can’t win. You actually do a disservice to those people actually afflicted by it, to those people who are actually oppressed and hurt by real racism, real sexism," he said.

Cries of racism against his father are “numbing” people to the real issue, Trump Jr. said. 

Trump himself has pushed back on claims he is racist, telling reporters in January that “I’m the least racist person you will ever interview.”