Some media figures call Trump racist after profane remarks
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Donald Trump ignored the stunning question at a White House appearance on Friday - "Mr. President, are you a racist?"
The president's reference to African "shithole" countries and reported resistance to more immigration from Haiti felt like a tipping point in the number of people willing to call Trump a racist, rather than say his words or actions exhibited racism.
Before he was president, Trump once called civil rights activist Al Sharpton to complain that he called him a racist and Sharpton said he corrected him - he was speaking about his actions and not him.
The Associated Press might quote someone calling another a racist, "but would not make the accusation on our own absent incontestable proof," said John Daniszewski, the AP's vice president for standards.
Trump's former election opponent, Hillary Clinton, tweeted opposition to the president's "ignorant, racist views."