Trump says his ritzy private resort proves ‘nobody has done so much for equality as I have’
Donald Trump (Michael Vadon/Flickr)

Donald Trump dismissed continuing concerns about his reaction to backing from a former Ku Klux Klan leader by insisting he was a champion for equality.

"Nobody has done so much for equality as I have," Trump claimed Tuesday morning during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The Republican presidential candidate backed his claim by citing the private resort he operates in Florida, where members pay $100,000 to join and $14,000 in annual fees.

"You take a look at Palm Beach, Florida -- I built the Mar-A-Lago Club, totally open to everybody -- a club that, frankly, set a new standard in clubs and a new standard in Palm Beach," Trump said. "I've gotten great credit for it -- it's totally open to everybody."

Trump has been embroiled in a lengthy legal battle with Palm Beach since transforming Mar-A-Lago from a private residence for himself into a private club that did not cater to the city's old-money crowd.

The town council tried, started in the 1990s, to limit membership, advertising, traffic, party attendance, photography and oversized American flags -- and Trump hit back by accusing local officials of tolerating other clubs that excluded black and Jewish members.

Trump's lawyer sent every member of the town council copies of "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" and "A Gentleman's Agreement" -- each of which depicts discrimination.

That infuriated council members, but Trump has since gotten most of the restrictions lifted.

Watch the entire interview posted online by ABC: