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Trump doubles down on claiming Don King endorsed him

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Donald Trump is doubling down on his claim that boxing promoter Don King endorsed him for president — despite King’s denial. 

{mosads}”I am the least racist person you have ever met. Believe me, I am the least racist person,” the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said at a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday. 

“I get a call yesterday, as an example — street smart guy, smart guy, but very street smart — Don King the boxing promoter. And Don King said, ‘Donald, I am endorsing you for president.’ You think Don King is going to endorse a racist?” 

Trump first claimed King endorsed him Friday morning, tweeting: “The great boxing promoter, Don King, just endorsed me. Nice!” 

King, who was in Louisville on Friday for Muhammad Ali’s funeral, denied supporting the presumptive GOP nominee.
 
“No. I’m endorsing the people. I’m not a Republican or a Democrat, I’m a Republicrat, and I go with the will of the people,” he said, according to the New York Daily News.

“I like Mr. Trump. He’s an idol of America,” King added.

Trump claimed King’s support shows that he’s not racist. Trump has made a push in recent days to push back against criticism of his attacks on a federal judge’s heritage.

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