Trump points out supporter as 'my African American'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to a his camouflaged "Make America Great" hat as he discuses his support by the National Rifle Association at a campaign rally at the Redding Municipal Airport Friday, June 3, 2016, in Redding, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures to a his camouflaged "Make America Great" hat as he discuses his support by the National Rifle Association at a campaign rally at the Redding Municipal Airport Friday, June 3, 2016, in Redding, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

While at a rally in Redding, California, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump referred to a black supporter he saw in the audience, calling him, "my African American," according to CNN.

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"We had a case where we had an African-American guy who was a fan of mine," Trump said, beginning a story about an incident at an earlier rally in Arizona. "Great fan. Great guy."

He then proceeded to point out another African-American man in the audience and says, "Look at my African-American over here. Are you the greatest? You know what I'm talking about?" before going on to describe a March incident in which a black supporter was escorted out of an Arizona rally after assaulting a Trump protester.

Hope Hicks, Trump campaign spokeswoman, said Trump was "just referring to a supporter in the crowd. There's no ill will intended, obviously," and that Trump was "grateful for this person's support."