Donald Trump came to his own defense in the wake of facing charges of racism during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" on Monday morning.
"I am the least racist person there is," asserted the potential presidential contender. "And I think most people who know me would tell you that. I am the least racist, I’ve had great relationships."
Trump pointed to his "Celebrity Apprentice" reality show to make his case.
"In fact, Randal Pinkett won as you know on 'The Apprentice' a little while ago, a couple of years ago," he said. "And Randall’s been outstanding in every way. So I am the least racist person."
Reuters reported last week:
An African-American political advocacy group is targeting "Celebrity Apprentice" star Donald Trump in the aftermath of what many feel are racially tinged political comments made about President Obama.
On Thursday, the organization ColorOfChange launched a Twitter-based campaign to persuade black "Celebrity Apprentice" cast members Star Jones and Lil Jon to denounce Trump for what the group terms "race-baiting."
During a recent appearance on CNN, Trump was asked whether his repeated calls for President Barack Obama to disclose his long-form birth certificate were motivated by racism. The question was presented to the billionaire on the heels of the White House releasing the document and after weeks of Trump raising skepticism over the issue.
The billionaire said that he is "the least racist" and suggested that those who know him "would laugh" at the suggestion that wasn't the case.
As for whether he plans to run in 2012, Trump recently told Bloomberg News, “In my mind, I have already decided." He signaled his intent to jump into the presidential race, though said he could not be expected to make a formal announcement until the end of "Celebrity Apprentice," which culminates its season on May 22.