Uh oh, now Donald Trump is in big trouble. When the White House calls you out, you know you have done something really bad. Today, White House press secretary Josh Earnest publicly criticized Trump for not coming down on the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), David Duke.
Trump has been all over the place, when it comes to Duke. This weekend, he insisted that he needed “to look at the group” first. He’s kidding, right? You can’t tell me that Trump doesn’t know what the KKK is or does, even though reporters reminded him of Duke’s background.
On CNN Sunday morning, Trump made the comments that got him into hot water with the big guy (President Obama):
‘Honestly, I don’t know David Duke, 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.’
Speaking for the President, Earnest spoke to ABC News during the daily press briefing and was very dismissive of Trump:
‘Look, it’ll be up to Mr. Trump to decide how he wants to run his campaign, what he wants to say in terms of the kind of support that he’s recruiting to his campaign.’
‘It’ll be up to Republican voters across the country to decide whether or not they’re comfortable with those tactics.’
‘Mr. Trump says that there’s more he needs to learn about Mr. Duke before he can render an opinion, but I think we’ve, we now know all we need to know about Mr. Trump to render our own personal opinion about his candidacy.’
Maybe, Trump is just playing a game, toying with the public. I mean look, he argued with the Pope, so could it be that this raw-edged comment on the KKK was simply to increase interest and coverage? If so, it worked really well. The media hummed like tuning fork ever since the billionaire spoke that fearsome triple letter.
But, is Trump a racist? Reporters at the briefing wanted to know. Earnest kept mum on the subject of whether or not the White House or President Obama agreed or not:
‘People are going to have to decide for themselves, you know, sort of take their own measure of Mr. Trump, and his rhetoric, and the kinds of values that he champions on the stump.’
‘They’ll have to evaluate who his supporters are the extent that he is coordinating with his supporters. But that’ll be up to the American people to decide.’
On August 30, 2015, The Young Turks interviewed Trump about this very issue. The business mogul’s best response to the interviewer, who asked how he felt about David Duke’s endorsement, follows:
‘If that’ll make you feel better, yeah, I’ll repudiate it.’
You’ve got to see more of this conversation in the video below:
H/T: ABC News.