Donald Trump found himself on the defensive Sunday after Florida Senator Marco Rubio hammered Trump over a recent endorsement by former KKK grand dragon David Duke.
Earlier this week on CNN’s State of the Union, Trump was questioned about Duke’s endorsement, to which he replied:
‘Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?’
‘I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. Did he endorse me, or what’s going on?’
Trump was asked again while campaigning in Fort Worth, Texas on Friday. Still pleading ignorance, he said.
‘I didn’t even know,’ Trump told a reporter. ‘I disavow it. OK?’
To make it official Trump sent a tweet saying:
As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke- I disavow. pic.twitter.com/OIXFKPUlz2
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2016
Texas Senator Ted Cruz was quick to get in on the action, tweeting:
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 28, 2016
At a campaign stop in northern Virgina, Rubio went after Trump’s indecision and denial in front a group of supporters. He pointed out that Trump repeatedly “refused” to disavow Duke, who he described as “a well-known white supremacist racist.”
‘We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan. Not only is that wrong, it makes him unelectable.’
Rubio also exposed that Trump did, in fact, know who David Duke was because the billionaire cited Duke, Lenora Fulani, and Pat Buchanan as three reasons why he didn’t want to seek the Reform party’s presidential nomination in 2000.
According to The New York Times, back in 2000, Trump said:
‘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.’
It’s ironic how Rubio says his party should disavow white supremacists, especially with him being a southern senator. For years, Republicans have played to the angry white voter’s racism and xenophobia by promising to pass legislation aimed and punishing minority communities.
Here’s a YouTube video of that story.
Sunday, Trump continued characterizing Rubio as a political “lightweight” and “little.”
According to Trump:
‘He [Rubio] couldn’t get elected dog catcher. I call him little Marco.’
Meanwhile, Trump has been caught in numerous lies, refused to disavow an endorsement from the most well-known white supremacist in America, made sexist and racist comments about women, blacks, Muslims, Asians, and Mexicans, and had a media war with the Pope. And yet, he’s still projected to destroy his Republican competitors on Super Tuesday.