If a recording of President Donald Trump saying the n-word were to surface, Georgia Republican state Sen. Michael Williams said it would be a problem for him “on a personal level” but that Trump shouldn’t be “berated” for saying it if it happened before he took office.
“It would matter [to me] as an individual. It would not necessarily matter to me as the person that is running our country,” he said on CNN’s "New Day."
"He has his personal beliefs, his personal ideas. I truly believe he is able to separate those from how he is running the country," he added.
“I don't have a problem with Donald Trump having used it in the past as my president. I always say using the N-word is wrong and is bad and should never be accepted in our society. But just because he might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn't mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it,” he continued.
The question of such a recording’s existence was renewed after former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman said she personally heard the tape, which allegedly originates from Trump’s time on The Apprentice.
"When he talks that way, the way he did on this tape, it confirmed that he is truly a racist,” she said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."