EXCLUSIVE: Donald Trump Addresses Anti-Immigration Comments: 'I Don't Have a Racist Bone in My Body'
By Raphael Chestang
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It's been a rough couple of weeks for Donald Trump, and now the presidential hopeful is speaking out about the controversy -- and subsequent fallout -- surrounding him due to remarks he recently made about Mexican immigrants.
ET's Nischelle Turner spoke with Trump in New York on Wednesday after the real estate mogul and presidential candidate filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision for its refusal to air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants in light of Trump's questionable comments.
"I don't have a racist bone in my body," Trump exclusively told ET, defending himself against accusations of racism. "The fact that I want a strong border and the fact that I don't want illegal immigrants pouring into this country, that doesn't make me a racist, it means I love this country and I want to save this country."
While announcing his presidential run on June 16, Trump said, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists."
However, Trump insists his words were misconstrued.
"I never singled out Mexico," Trump explains. "What I said is that people are coming across the border and they are coming through Mexico. Mexico is doing very little to stop it, that I can tell you. They are coming from all over the place, but it's illegal immigration. They come in unlawfully and there is tremendous crime around the people that are coming in."
In the lawsuit against Univision, Trump's lawyers claim that the network's decision to sever ties with Miss Universe Organization (partially owned by Trump) was a "politically motivated attempt to suppress Mr. Trump's freedom of speech." Trump is confident that the law is on his side.
"We have a contract with Univision, it's a binding contract," Trump said. "I am very good at contracts, believe me, and this is a five-year contract that was just signed in January, and Univision broke the contract. And they did something else that's terrible -- and NBC by the way -- they left 51 beautiful young women down in Louisiana hanging. They didn't care about them."
NBC also distanced itself from Trump, announcing that they would no longer air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump will also no longer be participating in The Celebrity Apprentice, which also airs on the network.
There has been more fallout for Trump, as Macy's is pulling Trump's clothing line from its stores.
"We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form," the company said in a statement on Wednesday. "We welcome all customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico."
Trump, meanwhile, gave his side of the story to ET, insisting he's the one who actually decided to end his relationship with Macy's.
"They don't feel the same way I do about illegal immigration. One of the things that has always bothered me, and it haunts me, is what China is doing with their currency manipulation. They make my ties and they make my shirts, and I've always hated it," he said. "So I said to Macy's, 'Let's just forget it.'"
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