The presumptive Republican nominee had been describing to a crowd in San Jose, Calif. how he says he talks to his supporters when protesters interrupt his rallies.
"We had a case where we had an African-American guy, who is a fan of mine, great fan, great guy. In fact I want to find out what’s going on with him,” he began.
Then, spotting an audience member, an African-American, a rare sight among Trump rallygoers.
"You know what-- Oh look at my African-American over here," he exclaimed. "Look at him. Are you the greatest? You know what I’m talking about?”
Some didn’t take too kindly to the presumptive nominee’s use of the possessive, slamming it as evocative of slavery.
“I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest,” Trump said.
"Mr. Trump was simply recognizing a supporter for whom he has great respect," the Trump campaign said in a statement.