Peter Sagan has defended his comments on Saturday, when he said the US presidential race is a “race-based” one.
In an interview with ABC News, Sagan said he would like to see an election where no one is “racist” but added that the US has “a long history of racist politicians”.
The former world champion cyclist said that if Trump were to win, it would not be because he was “anti-white”, but because he is “anti white”.
Sagan said he was referring to comments made by Trump, who said on Friday that “racism is alive and well in America”.
“I mean, you’re going to have racists in the Republican party,” Trump said.
“We have racists all across the world.
So if I win, we’re going take the white race out of this country.”
Sagan, who won three Tours de France titles, added: “No, I can’t stand it.
I can not stand it.”
Trump has also said he is opposed to the election of a “black person” to the White House.
The Republican candidate said during an interview on ABC News on Saturday that the election should be decided on “a merit-based basis”.
“When you have a black person running, you have the candidate that’s going to get the most votes and that’s what I’m saying,” Trump told ABC’s This Week.
“If I win by a landslide, you know, we’ll take a look at that.
I think I have a pretty good shot at that.””
But I’ll tell you what, if I won by a lot more than 2 or 3 points, then I’m going to tell you.
You know what?
If that’s the case, I’m not going to be able to stand in the middle of a crowded field.”
Santos comments come after the US Republican Party called for its members to reject Trump and his supporters in the race to become the next president.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told Fox News on Friday: “The American people are sick and tired of the racist, bigoted rhetoric coming from some of our politicians.”
“We need to make sure our candidates are not running against the people that represent the Republican Party and not the people of our great country,” he added.
The comments have come after a series of controversial comments made in the past by Trump and a number of his supporters.
On Friday, Trump said the race for the White of the US was a “racial war” and that black people should not vote.
Trump has since called the remarks “very sad”.