Former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan is defending Donald Trump against charges of racial insensitivity.

On a conservative radio show Thursday, Trump said that he was concerned that he wouldn’t get many African American votes given President Barack Obama’s high poll numbers with that demographic.

“I have a great relationship with the blacks,” Trump said. “I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”

“I don’t find any malice in what he said in that statement about the black folks,” Buchanan told MSNBC host Chris Jansing Friday. “I mean, I’m a Catholic and if he said ‘I have a great relationship with the Catholics,’ I don’t think I would take great offense.”

“Well, Pat, you know it’s a completely different dynamic,” journalist Karen Hunter objected. “Give me a break.”

“What do you think he meant?” Buchanan asked.

“It’s that thing: ‘you people,’” Hunter replied. “We’re not aliens. We’re Americans.”

“Maybe you’re hearing something Donald Trump didn’t really say,” Buchanan suggested.

“I think you can listen to it and it’s very clear what ‘The Donald’ had to say,” Jansing concluded.

Watch this video from MSNBC’s News Live, broadcast April 15, 2011.


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