Donald Trump Jr. defended his father against claims of racism in a recent interview with the conservative news site The Daily Caller, citing the president's pictures with "all the rappers" as proof.
When asked by Caller reporter Ginni Thomas "about the left’s efforts to frame your dad and anyone who supports your dad as a hater, as a racist, as a fascist," the 40-year-old businessman asserted: "I know him."
"I’ve seen him my whole life. I’ve seen the things he’s done," Trump Jr. said. "You know it’s amazing — all the rappers, all his African-American friends, from Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. I have pictures with them. We say ‘Hi.’ Have always been friends."
"It was only 'til he got into politics that all of a sudden they say, 'oh he’s the most terrible human being,' " Trump Jr. continued. "Oh, I don’t know, he wasn’t so terrible a couple years ago when you’re at his events."
Trump Jr. also accused Democrats of doing a "disservice" to those he considers "real" victims of racism, saying that because they've accused the president of being racist so many times, people don't take the issue seriously anymore.
In response to the interview, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Tuesday that it isn't Trump's "African American friends" who have changed — he has.
"What he’s changed to become is one who has proposed some of the most racist, bigoted policies," Sharpton explained. "When he was talking right, we took pictures with him and welcomed to him to our events. When he went left, we stood up for what was right. He is promoting racism.”
Twitter has responded to the latest in Trump race relations with its usual fervor:
Late Show host Stephen Colbert even joked about the interview on Tuesday's episode, going after Trump Jr.'s use of the common "Black friends" defense against racism.
“Classic defense: How could I be racist? I have pictures with black people!” he said. “And it’s true, Donald Trump has a lot of pictures with close personal friends like rappers, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and his buddy O.J. Simpson.”
Watch Colbert's remarks below: