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When asked if he would be "comfortable" with supporters displaying the Confederate flag at his campaign events, Mr. Trump demurred.
"You know, it depends on what your definition is. But I am comfortable with freedom of speech. It's very simple," Mr. Trump said.
Herridge pressed the president on whether he understood "why the flag is a painful symbol for many people because it's a reminder of slavery."
"Well, people love it and I don't view — I know people that like the Confederate flag and they're not thinking about slavery. I look at NASCAR — you go to NASCAR, you had those flags all over the place. They stopped it," Mr. Trump said, referring to the decision by NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag from its events. The president has also criticized Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's only Black full-time driver, saying Wallace should apologize for an incident involving a noose that was discovered in his garage stall at a speedway in Alabama.
"I just think it's freedom of speech, whether it's freedom of speech, whether it's Confederate flags or Black Lives Matter or anything else you want to talk about. It's freedom of speech," Mr. Trump continued.