CNN (CNN) A former Trump adviser has apologized for posting a racially charged Twitter post, saying that he has “never” intended to offend anyone.
In a series of posts on Thursday, former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said that he “should have been more careful” in using a racial slur against African Americans during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The posts have drawn criticism for appearing to equate white supremacists with Black Lives Matter protesters, who have been protesting the deaths of black men in police custody.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday evening, Lewandowski, who is now the communications director for the Republican National Committee, said he was “deeply sorry” for what he said was a mistake and that he had never intended to insult anyone.
“I’ve never ever intended to disrespect anyone or offend anybody,” he said.
“If I’d been offended, I’d have never done it.”
Trump campaign aides have been forced to distance themselves from Lewandowski in recent days after video surfaced in which he is heard using a slur against black people, claiming that they were more violent than white people.
The former campaign manager is accused of calling a black woman a “n*****” and saying she would not be president because she is not a “natural born American.”
“If you can’t be a natural born American, you can never be president,” Lewandowski is heard saying.
The video, which has been viewed more than 14 million times, was made before Trump announced his candidacy for president in March.
It sparked a firestorm of criticism from both liberals and conservatives, who called on him to resign.