Donald Trump said he was not racist when he said he did not know why black people were being killed by police in Chicago, saying it was because “they’re a different race.”
“They’re a very different race, and they have to be treated differently,” Mr Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in a live interview on Monday.
“And the only way to treat them is a different way.
We don’t have another race, okay? “
You know, we don’t need another race.
We don’t have another race, okay?
So, that’s just something that I don’t know.”
“I’m going to say this.
I’m not going to be prejudiced, because I know that you’re not going for somebody who is a bad person,” Mr Hannity said.
“That’s not what I am.”
Mr Trump added: “They have to have a different treatment.”
In a follow-up appearance on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: “I know that, look, I’m a very good person.
I have a great relationship with many of the people that I’ve met.
But I don`t think they should have to take their lives in that way.”
He added: “(But) we have to make sure that we have the best police force that we possibly can.”