Donald Trump’s son says his father can’t be racist because he’s friends with “all the rappers”

Don Jr says criticism of his father has been "terrible to watch"

Donald Trump’s son has argued that his father can’t be racist because he has African-American friends and has had photos taken with “all the rappers”.

Don Jr was speaking to Ginni Thomas in an interview for The Daily Caller when he was asked about accusations of racism levelled at the President.

“It’s been terrible to watch,” Donald Jr said of the criticism, “because I know him, I’ve seen him my whole life, I’ve seen the things he’s done.”

“It’s amazing, all the rappers, all the this, all his African-American friends, from Jesse Jackson to Al Sharpton, I have pictures with them,” he added. “It was only when he got into politics that all of a sudden, ‘Oh, he’s the most terrible human being ever.'”

Donald Trump famously posed for photos with Kanye West in Trump Tower after winning the US election in 2016.

Don Jr continued: “The real problem is those things exist, certainly racism exists, but if it’s your response to any argument you can’t win, you actually do a real disservice to those people actually afflicted by it, by those people who are actually oppressed and hurt by real racism and real sexism.”

Last month, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler took to Twitter to hit back at Trump’s alleged “shithole countries” comment, saying that the reported remarks show the President’s “own racism and xenophobia”.

Reports claimed that Trump asked during a meeting: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He then reportedly added: “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”

“Trumps comments about Haiti, reflect nothing on the amazing country, and only on his own racism and xenophobia,” Butler wrote. “Haiti is one of the most special and amazing places I’ve been on this earth, and we need more Haitian-Americans.” See his tweet beneath.

Arcade Fire have a strong connection with Haiti. Their 2013 album ‘Reflektor’ was influenced by Haitian rara music and Butler’s bandmate and wife, Régine Chassagne, is a co-founder of a foundation that funds schemes in Haiti.