NAACP: Trump 'is a racist'
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Derrick Johnson, the president of the NAACP, slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE as "a racist" in an interview ahead of the anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

“I think, unfortunately, we are now looking at an individual in the White House serving the role as president who’s not only made racist comments but he’s sought and implemented racist policies,” Johnson told Politico in the interview published Friday.

Accusations of racism have dogged Trump throughout his presidency and his 2016 White House campaign, which he launched with a speech calling undocumented immigrants "rapists" and other criminals. 


Trump received bipartisan criticism for his response to the Charlottesville rally in 2017, during which he said "both sides" — white nationalists and counterprotesters — were to blame for the violence.

Trump also faced blowback for dismissing African and some Central American nations as "shithole countries" in an Oval Office meeting earlier this year.

Johnson said that "anytime you have someone serving the role as commander in chief of this country characterizing other nations as ‘shithole nations,' seeking to undermine any policy of his predecessor, not because it’s good policy but because it was his predecessor’s policies, who established his political chops questioning the legitimacy of the prior president and whether or not he was born in this country, he’s demonstrated both in words and in deeds and in policy implementations racist tendencies." 

“Therefore, I have no other conclusion but to say he is a racist,” Johnson said.

Johnson said that the president declined to meet with the civil rights organization, despite the NAACP’s repeated attempts to have him address its members during his campaign and presidency.

The NAACP has met with every U.S. president since 1947.

“We have not seen this White House engage with any African-American organization. For their part, I’m not aware of any true engagement with any Latino or other communities of colors outside of seeking basic photo opportunities,” Johnson continued.

Johnson went on to say that Trump would be welcomed to address the NAACP, just as “Ronald Reagan was welcome and George Bush and Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonBen Shapiro: No prominent GOP figure ever questioned Obama's legitimacy The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump tries to reassure voters on economy 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE and President Obama."

However, he said he doubts the Trump administration has “any interest in expanding its reach outside of a small set of individuals who all look alike.”

Trump spent years amplifying the "birther" conspiracy theory, which falsely claimed that Obama was ineligible for the presidency because he was not a natural-born citizen of the U.S.