WORST. CHARACTER REFERENCE. EVER…. Republican television personality Donald Trump told a radio show yesterday, “I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”

That kind of phrasing may sound ridiculous — because it is — but Trump need not worry; Pat Buchanan has his back.

For those who can’t watch clips from work computers, Buchanan defended Trump on MSNBC this morning, saying, “I don’t find any malice in what he said in that statement about the black folks.”

And if there’s one person who can speak with credibility on what does and does not represent racial animus, it’s Pat Buchanan.

Remember, a couple of years ago, Buchanan encouraged the Republican Party to engage in more race baiting and insisted that the key to GOP success in the future is doing more to appeal to whites.

Not exactly the ideal character witness.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.