Aaron Schwartz

Andrew Yang became the latest Democratic presidential candidate to say that he believes President Trump 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. 

{mosads}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 Warren (D-Mass.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) have both described Trump as a white supremacist in recent days.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, 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. 

Tags 2020 Democratic primary 2020 election Andrew Yang Beto O'Rourke Donald Trump Elizabeth Warren Joe Biden White supremacy

The Hill has removed its comment section, as there are many other forums for readers to participate in the conversation. We invite you to join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

Most Popular

Load more

Video

See all Video