PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has made an emotional appeal to Republican voters on the eve of the party’s national convention in Cleveland.
Trump is making the case for his party’s nominee to carry his party to victory in November.
“I am not a racist,” Trump said during a rally on Monday in Youngstown, Ohio, at a school for the mentally handicapped.
“I’m proud to be a Republican.
And I’m proud that I am the Republican nominee.”
The Trump campaign issued a statement on Tuesday to say the candidate is not a “racist” and “has been a champion of the rights of all Americans.”
Trump told ABC News, “I don’t believe that there are any people in this country that are not worthy of the same rights and privileges as everybody else.”
Trump, who was born in Indiana, is one of the most polarizing and divisive politicians in American history.
He is a New York billionaire, a billionaire who is a critic of immigrants, and a billionaire whose campaign has drawn criticism for hiring former KKK grand wizard David Duke to run a pro-Trump political action committee.
Duke, who has been described as the KKK’s “face” by some Trump critics, has said that Trump is a “white supremacist.”
Trump himself has been the target of racist attacks from people on the left, including the president of the NAACP and former Sen. Jim Webb, a Virginia Democrat who supported Trump during the primary race.
The Trump camp has denied any bias.
“The candidate has consistently made it clear he is a staunch defender of the Constitution and believes all Americans deserve the same opportunities and protections,” the Trump campaign said in a statement.
“As a proud American and Republican, I can say with confidence that Donald Trump is not afraid to say or do what is right in the face of a fierce opposition and a fierce campaign by the very same people who want to destroy our nation and tear it apart.”
“He is a man of the people, a fighter for our values, and we will fight on behalf of them with every fiber of our being,” the statement continued.
“Donald Trump is the leader of the Republican Party, and his message resonates with millions of voters across the country.”
Trump is a strong supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who is running for president.
President Donald Trump has made the case to GOP voters on Monday that he is not “a racist” and is “not a bigot” in an effort to help the party win the White House.
“Donald Trump has a long history of being a champion for the rights and liberties of Americans, and he has been a fierce advocate of the constitution and the rule of law for decades,” the campaign statement said.
“We will be fighting hard for the Republican ticket in November.”
The president’s comments come a day after he tweeted a link to an article titled “Donald J. Trump: A man of principle, courage and decency.”
The article, by The New York Times reporter David Carr, was written in the aftermath of the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, in which 26 people were killed and 58 were injured.
“If you have a story to tell, I want to hear it,” Trump wrote in the tweet.
“If you can, please send me your story.
You are welcome to tell it to me or share it with me.
I want your story.”
The article, written by Carr, concluded with an appeal to Trump: “He has always been the kindest, gentlest man I know, and if you are not proud to call yourself a Republican, then you are part of the problem.”
Carr’s article is the most detailed and personal account of the attack on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland.
He told ABC affiliate WKYT that the shooter had been in the church for nearly a year, had been fired from his job and had been on probation for an assault conviction.
Trump, the newspaper’s reporter, wrote that he believed Trump had told the shooter to “stand down” because of his “history of violent and hateful behavior.”
“There are no words to express the horror I feel at the loss of life in Sutherland, Texas,” Carr wrote.
“There are too many people who have lost their lives to violence, and too many families who have been shattered and left shattered.
But Donald Trump never stood for it, never wanted it, and never will stand for it.
He stood up for what he believed was right.
And now he’s gone.”
Trump was asked at the news conference if he had any regrets.
“No,” he said.
He added that he did not want to have a divisive convention and said that he would be “just fine” with the Republican National Committee doing its job and not endorsing him.
“You have got to be prepared for that,” Trump added.
“You’ve got to make sure that everything you’re saying is accurate, and that people believe what you’re telling them.”