NAACP President Cornell William Brooks called Donald Trump "Jim Crow with hairspray and a blue suit" during an interview with CNN.
Brooks made the comment in an interview with Wolf Blitzer when asked about Trump's rhetoric and popularity.
"The fact of the matter is this is hateful. It is racist. It is bigoted. It is xenophobic. It represents a kind of Jim Crow with hairspray and a blue suit," he said. "Let's not underestimate what we're dealing with. This is a very, very ugly moment in America."
Though he condemned the real estate mogul's behavior, Brooks said he doesn't hold anything against his supporters.
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"I don't blame the people -- American citizens -- for their economic anxieties and a sense of desperation. The fact that [they're] grasping at straws and they grasped onto a bigoted, demagogic billionaire speaks to their desperation, not necessarily his appeal or the strength of his platform," he said. Brooks added that Trump was "engaged in rhetoric that represents a kind of apologetics, if you will, of violence."
Responding to the recent incidences of violence at his rallies, Trump said he has no plans to tone things down or change his script.
"Well I don't think I should be toning it down," he said on "Good Morning America." "We have had very little difficulty."
Though he previously claimed he would pay for the legal fees of anyone who physically confronts protesters at his rallies, Trump said he would decline to do so for a man who was arrested in North Carolina for punching a protester in the face as he was being escorted from a campaign event.
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"I don't condone violence; maybe that's why I wouldn't do it," he said. "Nobody has asked me for fees and I haven't even seen it, so I never said I would."
The Cumberland County, North Carolina, Sheriff's Office ultimate decided not to file charges of inciting a riot against Trump and his campaign for the incident with the protester.
"The evidence does not meet the requisites of the law as established under the relevant North Carolina statute and case law to support a conviction of the crime of inciting a riot," the office wrote in a statement, Deadline reported.