President Donald Trump said Sunday he regrets calling Mexican-American artist Enrique Iglesias a pig, as he sought to bolster his argument that the two countries are at war.
Trump’s comments, which came as he attended a campaign event in Iowa, came after a rally in Iowa’s capital on Saturday, where he had called Mexicans “rapists” and said his administration would make Mexico pay for a wall along the border.
Trump, whose campaign had previously condemned the artist for using a Confederate flag as a backdrop, said the artist’s comments “are a big, fat lie.”
“I regret that I used the term pig,” Trump said at the rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“I mean, that’s a big fat lie, and I just don’t believe it.
And I’ll tell you, if you have a real problem with it, we’ll talk about it.
I’ll be honest.”
Iglesias said Trump’s comments were “unacceptable” and that he will continue to speak out against Trump.
The comments came just days after Trump had tweeted that Iglesia’s art “is a big fraud” that shows “how far we have fallen as a nation.”
I just want to say to my friends and supporters, @seaniglesias has just been called a pig by President Trump.
I just want you to know, we are fighting for you, and we will win.
[email protected] #DACA – @seansignart #trump2016 – @IgleiasArt#DACApic.twitter.com/Qm8m1bv6fj— Enrique Igleias (@EnriqueIgletias) March 23, 2021Igliesias, who said he was born in Mexico and lives in the U.S., said Trump “lied” and should apologize.
“I’m not saying that he is a pig.
I am saying that I have a serious problem with his statements,” Iglesios said at a campaign stop in Cedar City, Iowa, Sunday.”
What he said was not just offensive, it was not right, it is not just wrong, and it is the truth.
That’s why I’m not going to stop speaking out about it.”
Igulesias is a founding member of the United We Dream, an organization that seeks to provide education and training for immigrants.
He has also spoken out against racism in the United States, including about the Confederate flag.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Friday, Iglesesias said he felt insulted by the president’s comments.
“They should apologize to me.
They should apologize for making an offensive statement about me.
That would be enough for me,” he said.”
We have a history of being wrong.
We have a long history of having to fight for our rights, for our dignity, for everything.”
In Iowa, Trump has said the United Nations is “a fraud.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.