Random Person: "That's pretty much racist"
Trump Supporter: "You're an idiot, ignoramus, shut up stupid, you didn't understand what he meant, he's not a lawyer - why should he have to worry about specific words"
"I am not saying this lightly" - you want to 'lose contacts and friends'?
Go into your office tommorow and repeat Trump's statement. In full - for context if you want.
You will lose your job immediately, and probably a few friends and acquaintances.
It doesn't matter that you voted for Trump, what your ethnicity or education is - that's besides the point.
What I care about is that some people clearly do not seem to understand what point-blank bigotry is when it's right in our faces.
This is not 'leftists overreach' or 'left wing bias' or 'social progressive oppression' - it's just bigotry on the part of Trump.
It's just a very obviously racist statement, something someone in any public office or that has any public position should never ever say. Stop defending it.
That's not how this exchange with Trump supporters has gone. I believe it's been reasonably polite, despite some rather inflammatory rhetoric from the non-Trump side.