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Yang says Trump is a white supremacist

Yang says Trump is a white supremacist
© Aaron Schwartz

Andrew YangAndrew YangJeffries endorses Wiley in New York mayor's race Yang: 'Defund the police is the wrong approach for New York City' HuffPost's Daniel Marans discusses fallout from Yang's comments on Israel MORE became the latest Democratic presidential candidate to say that he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP-led Maricopa County board decries election recount a 'sham' Analysis: Arpaio immigration patrol lawsuit to cost Arizona county at least 2 million Conservatives launch 'anti-cancel culture' advocacy organization MORE is a white supremacist, saying in a CNN interview that "you have no choice but to say that's what he is" given his statements. 

“The president’s actions and words have conveyed a very strong sense to many, many Americans that he has white supremacist beliefs,” Yang said. 

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Asked if he would call Trump a white supremacist, Yang replied, "If someone acts and speaks in a certain way, then you have no choice but to say that’s what he is."

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenators shed masks after CDC lifts mandate Helping students make informed decisions on college Student debt cancellation advocates encouraged by Biden, others remain skeptical MORE (D-Mass.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeO'Rourke clarifies remarks, leaves door open to gubernatorial bid O'Rourke says he's not planning on run for Texas governor O'Rourke slams Cruz for video of border visit MORE (D-Texas) have both described Trump as a white supremacist in recent days.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden's quiet diplomacy under pressure as Israel-Hamas fighting intensifies Overnight Defense: Administration approves 5M arms sale to Israel | Biden backs ceasefire in call with Netanyahu | Military sexual assault reform push reaches turning point CDC mask update sparks confusion, opposition MORE, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, stopped just short, stating that Trump is "encouraging" white supremacists with his rhetoric.

Trump on Monday condemned white supremacy in remarks from the White House days after 22 people were killed in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, that authorities said was motivated by racism. 

The shooter allegedly posted a manifesto that warned of a “Hispanic invasion.”

The incident has brought renewed scrutiny to the president's rhetoric given his own talk of an "invasion" by immigrants, but Trump has rejected the criticism. 

Yang is among two dozen candidates running for the Democratic nomination in 2020. The tech entrepreneur has gained attention for backing a universal basic income.