Geraldo Rivera declared that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump could win 25 percent of the African American vote, adding that the GOP front-runner is not a racist.
“I predict that Trump may get as much as 25 percent of the African American vote,” Rivera said on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” on Thursday.
“Why? Because he’s anti-free trade or unfair trade. He’s anti-immigration, the immigrants perceived by black Americans to being in direct competition to them.”
Rivera added that Trump is not responsible for bringing race into the political atmosphere, as the issue has been used by Democrats and Republicans alike in the past.
“The base of the Democratic Party is encouraging the urban, African American and Latino voter to flock to them as part of their own resentment,” Rivera said.
“Race is at the foundation of American politics,” he said. “To pretend that Trump brought this into the fray is absolutely wrong. Trump is not a racist.”
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