The co-hosts of “The View” relived then-candidate Donald Trump’s infamous campaign announcement speech from 2015 on Tuesday, harkening back to the moment he asserted many of the people coming to the U.S. through Mexico are “rapists.”
That moment led many — especially those on the left — to conclude the president is a dyed-in-the-wool racist. But former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who was a guest on the ABC talk show Tuesday morning, he stood up for his former boss.
His assertion that Trump is in no way racist earned a hearty gasp, jeers and laughter from the studio audience.
“You have to remember the rest of the quote. He also said, ‘Some, I assume, are good people,’” he recalled. “Here’s the thing. I know President Trump, not only is he not racist or misogynist, he’s the exact opposite. Because you know what, look, I’ve had the privilege of sitting next to him, and he doesn’t care if you’re white, green, blue or orange. He doesn’t care if you’re a male or a female.”
To defend Trump’s often brash immigration rhetoric, Lewandowski referenced the recent jury decision to acquit Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an illegal immigrant, in Kate Steinle’s death. Trump called the verdict a “travesty of justice”:
“This week, we had a terrible tragedy of justice. Kate Steinle’s killer, the man who killed her in cold blood was let off because of an injustice justice system. He’d been deported six times in this country. And this poor girl died — a beautiful young girl in California — was shot and killed. And you know what? It doesn’t matter if you’re white or black, green or orange, justice should have been brought.”
Co-host Joy Behar, a constant Trump critic, pushed back against Lewandowski, telling him policy “is not based on an anecdote.”