Trump said Wednesday that he’s not a racist, he’s a patriot and that he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton if he has to.
But Trump also took aim at a Washington Post article by Jonathan Allen that claimed he was not a supporter of white nationalism and said he doesn’t want to “take the law into my own hands.”
Allen wrote that Trump told him that he would not support the bill passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which would make it easier for people to legally obtain permits to carry concealed guns in Washington state.
Trump said he has not “signed onto” the bill, but “he has said that he supports the bill because he believes it’s a good law.”
Trump said Allen was “disingenuous” and “disgraceful.”
Trump says he supports laws that protect people from criminals and the mentally illTrump told reporters Wednesday he believes in protecting people from crime and the people who are mentally ill.
Allen wrote he has spent a lifetime studying violent crime and noted Trump has spent years talking about the importance of preventing crime.
“He has not said that,” Trump said.
“I think he is a patriot, I think he wants to protect people, but he’s got a different way of doing it.”
Allen also pointed out that the FBI has said violent crime is at historic lows and that a number of gun-related incidents have fallen dramatically since Trump took office.
“That’s the truth,” Trump responded.
Allen said Trump also supports a bipartisan effort to increase background checks for gun buyers, something he said he supported in the 1990s.
Allen also wrote Trump’s “anti-establishment” campaign in 2016 and he said the businessman is “a master of the populist, nationalist-populist populist rhetoric” he’s used to win support from his supporters.
Allen called Trump a “loser” who is not going to be president and said Trump will lose the popular vote, which is a measure of how much a candidate leads an election.
Allen told Axios that he will continue to write for the Post because he loves covering politics.
Allen’s piece also claimed Trump is not a patriot because he didn’t take a stand against the 9/11 attacks.
Allen noted that Trump called the attacks “an act of terrorism” on Twitter and said that his opponent, Hillary Clinton, was “trying to blame this on the 9-11 victims.”
Allen added Trump was also criticized for saying he would defend the “beautiful people” in the Washington Redskins football team after the team was stripped of the national anthem in protest of police brutality against African Americans.
Trump, who took office Jan. 20, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.