Republican presidential candidate and frontrunner Donald Trump just said he would not denounce support he is getting from the Ku Klux Klan and former Klan Grand Wizard David Duke.
This Sunday Trump refused to denounce the KKK because he said he needs to “do research” on the white supremacist groups before he can pass judgment on them.
The Anti-Defamation League recently called on Trump to denounce the support he has received from white supremacist groups. They asked him to “publicly condemn their racism” after Duke endorsed him.
The Raw Story notes that Duke challenged that “white people who did not vote for Trump have committed ‘treason to your heritage.'”
Today, on CNN, Jake Tapper asked Trump if he was finally willing to denounce the hate groups, “or that of other white supremacists.”
“I don’t know anything about David Duke,” Trump deflected. “I don’t know anything about what you are even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know. I mean, did he endorse me or what’s going on?”
“Because I know nothing about David Duke, I know nothing about white supremacists,” he continued. “And so, you are asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.”
Tapper didn’t let him off so easily though.
“Would you just say, unequivocally, you condemn them and you don’t want their support?” he asked.
“Well, I have to look at the group,” Trump dismissed. “I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I’d have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them, and certainly I would disavow if I thought that there was something wrong.”
“The Ku Klux Klan,” Tapper interrupted, commenting on the notoriety of the terrorist organization – which needs no introduction in the United States.
“You may have some groups in there that are totally fine, and it would be very unfair,” Trump responded. “So, give me a list of groups and I’ll let you know.”
“Okay, I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here but…” Tapper responded.
“Honestly, I don’t know David Duke,” Trump said again. “I don’t believe I’ve ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him, and I just don’t know anything about him.”
How he could not know anything about David Duke and his role in the KKK seems to stretch the limitations of the imagination. It is clear that Trump’s refusal to denounce Duke or the KKK is tantamount to support of those organizations.
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(Article by M. David and S. Wooten)