Juan Williams, Fox News pundit and man of color, called Trump out for his refusal to disavow a KKK endorsement and his co-hosts were not pleased.
“’I don’t think you can excuse this kind of behavior where you just conveniently close your eyes,’ Williams, who is African American, said. ‘In this moment, right before the SEC primary, he finds it convenient not to disavow. It has particular power because so much of the anger that Donald Trump is talking about giving voice to is really anger in sort of a white populist movement,’ Williams continued.
Before he even finished speaking, Williams was upbraided by his four white co-hosts.
‘He disavowed him on Twitter!’ Eric Bolling protested.
‘Juan, you are not paying attention to the facts,’ Kimberly Guilfoyle said.
The longest lecture came from Melissa Frances, who blamed the media for badgering Trump. ‘Now he’s been badgered repeatedly on the same front,’ she said. ‘At the beginning of that interview we saw he said “I don’t support David Duke. No, no, no.” And they kept asking him the question until they said something that can kind of be used.’”
Bolling’s reminder that Trump “disavowed him on Twitter!” (several hours after the backlash began over his refusal to disavow an endorsement from the KKK or David Duke) ignores the obvious two assumptions that can be made here: does Trump really not know who David Duke is or is he truly willing to accept his endorsement, or that of the KKK, if that’s what his supporters want to hear? Neither of those two conclusions mean anything good about Donald Trump or his campaign.
Melissa Frances’s lecture is also puzzling, since Trump at no time during that interview said that he didn’t support David Duke. He insisted throughout that he didn’t know anything about David Duke and that he would need to research him to disavow his endorsement. How exactly does a presidential candidate who is as knowledgeable about politics as Trump insists he is not know who David Duke is?
Trump can continue to insist that he doesn’t know who David Duke is, or that he couldn’t hear the question properly because the earpiece he was provided wasn’t working, but he cannot deny knowledge of the KKK or say that he didn’t hear the name mentioned three times during the interview. Trump should absolutely be familiar with the KKK since his father was once arrested at a Klan rally, so Trump’s insistence that he doesn’t know anything about “white supremacists or white supremacy” is clearly a dodge, as well.
“In 2000, Trump declined to run for president as a member of the Reform Party because the ‘Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani. This is not company I wish to keep.'”
Any candidate who doesn’t immediately disavow an endorsement from the KKK, even if he wants to insist he doesn’t know what other groups he may be disavowing, should not even be qualified to run for the office of president.
See the interview below: