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Donald Trump Pledges to 'Reject Bigotry and Hatred'



    File image of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign town hall at Ocean Center, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday pledged to reject "bigotry and hatred and oppression in all its forms" — months after his slow response to the support of a former Ku Klux Klan leader and racially tinged comments about a judge's ethnicity generated controversy.

    "I will fight to ensure that every American is treated equally, protected equally, and honored equally," Trump said in a statement posted on Facebook. "We will reject bigotry and hatred and oppression in all its forms, and seek a new future built on our common culture and values as one American people."

    Trump's statement came the same day when he was campaigning in the Milwaukee area. The Wisconsin city has been the scene of violent street protests that erupted after police fatally shot an armed suspect, NBC News reported.

    Trump has been accused of stoking racial and xenophobic fears since he kicked off his campaign by accusing Mexico of sending "rapists" and other criminals to the U.S. and vowing to build a wall on the nation's southern border.

    Trump Will Honor Election Results 'If I Win'

    [NATL] Trump Will Honor Presidential Election Results 'If I Win'
    Speaking at a rally in Ohio on Oct. 20, 2016, Donald Trump said that he would accept the presidential election results if they were in his favor. "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all the people of the United Staes that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election -- if I win,” Donald Trump said, emphasizing the last three words by pointing into the crowd. The rally was held the day following the final debate, during which the issue of whether he would accept the election results came up. At the debate, he said he would have to wait and see what the results were. (Published Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016)