Donald Trump pointing at a random supporter during a Columbia, SC rally.
Donald Trump pointing at a random supporter during a Columbia, SC rally.

Trump, who has repeatedly made controversial statements about Islam, also failed to offend Patterson when speaking about Muslims.

“Again, you’re seeing a room full of white Christians cheering a man talking about creating a registry to track an unliked minority, most of whom are brown. But I didn’t once hear him refer to them as ‘camel jockeys,’ so I was pleasantly surprised to realize he’s not a bigot at all. I mean sure his policies would all target minorities without the power to defend themselves, but I’m sure that’s an accidental by-product of sound policies and not the central theme in a candidacy that deliberately appeals to the ugliest pieces of humanity, like fear and xenophobia.”

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Overall, Patterson said he couldn’t describe Trump or his supporters as racists, regardless of how the mainstream media chose to portray them.

“I would say that Trump routinely picks on minorities, and those usually end up being people a lot darker than himself or his supporters. But I won’t come right out and say the word ‘racist’.  You know I wouldn’t be surprised to find out he has a black friend.”