The Trump campaign released a statement on Friday afternoon defending its comments about the “black underclass” on “The View” over the weekend.
“It is absolutely true that the black underclass is in the largest prison population in the United States,” campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks wrote.
“However, the fact that the number of blacks in prison is increasing does not reflect an epidemic of crime in America.”
The Trump campaign is facing criticism from civil rights groups and politicians, who have pointed to a tweet made by campaign aide Hope Hicks on Saturday that suggested the black population in prisons and jails was “over-represented.”
“The number of African Americans in prison was increasing in 2015.
The number of Black Americans in the criminal justice system has decreased over the last few years, but is still higher than the number for white Americans,” Hicks said.
Hicks added that the Trump campaign was “disappointed” by “the suggestion that our campaign did anything wrong or that the campaign should have taken any action to address the issue.”
Hicks also said that “the Trump campaign did not make a racist comment” in response to a question from host Joy Behar about how Trump has responded to protests over his handling of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the past week.
Hes in the interview, Hicks added, “the candidate made a very clear statement that he was very concerned about the situation in Charlottesville.”
Hes said she and her husband have had discussions with the Trump family about the issue and are “going to continue to do so.”
Huss was the campaign’s deputy campaign manager in 2020 and has been a vocal supporter of the Republican presidential nominee.