US President Donald Trump has questioned his track record in improving racial relations in the United States with his Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the latest election debate.
Trump denied that he had fueled unrest in the US since the violent death of black detainee George Floyd with his statements about the Black Lives Matter movement, which he previously called a symbol of hate.
Discussion leader Kristen Welker asked Trump how Americans should view his statements about the Black Lives Matter movement. Trump said he hated the chants of anti-racism protesters about the police. “I am the least racist person in this room,” Trump said, not for the first time.
Biden said he wants to improve the position of black Americans by reforming the criminal justice system in the United States.
Trump then attacked Biden for his backing of the 1980s and 1990s laws that sent thousands of black Americans to prison for relatively minor offences such as drug possession.
Biden then reminded spectators of the fact that in the first debate Trump appealed to far-right militias to stand by.
Trump then refused to distance himself from the militias. Biden also recalled that Trump called Mexicans “murderers and rapists” in the previous election campaign and that Trump imposed an entry ban on people from Muslim countries.