Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Sasse said he is not a white supremacist and will not support Trump, but he said he has never endorsed white supremacy.

Sasse told reporters Friday that he is “not a racist.” 

Sasse, a Trump critic, is running for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.

He said he’s proud of the “positive change” he’s seen in Washington. 

“I think the United States of America has done so much better than the last eight years that we’ve been in the White House,” he said.

“I think it’s time for us to go back to the roots of our nation and to get back to working with people who really believe in this country.” 

He also said he opposes the Dakota Access Pipeline, which Trump has repeatedly used as a campaign issue. 

Says he will work with Congress to “rebalance the economy and make sure we continue to put more Americans back to work.” 

Trump has also been criticized for his rhetoric and his comments about Mexicans, Muslims, blacks, Latinos, and other groups. 

Earlier this month, Trump said he would stop issuing visas to citizens of Muslim countries if he’s elected president. 

The former senator has also endorsed a lawsuit against Trump that is being led by a group of prominent Hispanic American attorneys who are suing over the president’s immigration policies. 

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said on Thursday she’s backing the lawsuit.