The president is “racist” and “anti-white,” and is “a bigot,” the former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday night.
He was speaking at the annual National Press Club event in Washington, DC.
“He is the biggest threat to the civil rights movement,” Giuliani said.
“And it is clear he is a bigot and an anti-white, and he is the most dangerous man in the world.”
He said Trump “will not change.
And you know what?
He is a fascist, and it’s not a surprise.”
Giuliani made the comments during a question-and-answer session with reporters after a conference at the National Press Corp. convention.
He made the remarks in response to a question about whether Trump is racist and whether he will “change.”
“I think it’s pretty clear that he’s a racist and that he will not change,” Giuliani told reporters, according to a transcript.
“But I don’t think that’s the issue.
The issue is, you know, how do you stop him?”
Giuliani’s remarks came as other prominent Republicans began to speak out against Trump.
The Republican National Committee is set to hold its first convention in 2020.
In a statement released Monday night, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus called Trump “the worst president in the history of our country.”
Priebus said he believes the president “must be held accountable for his anti-American policies and his racist rhetoric,” but that “we must not allow his legacy to be a vehicle for his racist, anti-White rhetoric.”
“The American people, not President Trump, are our most important asset,” Priebus said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said Monday that he is “deeply troubled” by Trump’s remarks and plans to speak “out against his vile rhetoric.”
He also expressed “serious concern” about Trump’s behavior and his “lack of leadership.”
Republican National Committeewoman Katie Walsh, who also served as RNC communications director, also tweeted a link to a video of the New York Times story.
She said that she was shocked and appalled by Trump “continuing to express his racism and bigotry,” but said that “he has made some very important decisions and I hope he understands that.”
“He has the greatest potential to make a difference,” Walsh said.
The Times story was written by David Nakamura, a political science professor at New York University who is also a CNN contributor.
He noted that Trump has long used “racism” as a political talking point, but that it’s never been as central a component of his campaign.
“It’s the most significant difference in Trump and his past presidential campaign,” Nakamura wrote.
“His campaign slogan was ‘Make America Great Again,’ and he campaigned on it as an explicit promise.”
He wrote that Trump’s rhetoric is “not new, and has been a hallmark of his presidential campaign, and his campaign platform has included a promise to build a wall on the southern border to stop illegal immigration.”
He added: “Trump has repeatedly used the term ‘racial discrimination’ and other racial slurs.
Trump’s policies have also included racist and sexist comments about women and people of color.”
Giuliani, a longtime Trump critic, has been critical of the president’s actions, as has Trump ally Steve Bannon.
Giuliani has also called for Trump to resign, calling the president a “white supremacist.”
He has repeatedly called for the president to resign over his comments about black people.