Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a disturbing amount of support from white supremacists, including that of former KKK leader David Duke. On Sunday, Trump was given the opportunity to distance himself from that, but instead, he said he would have to “research” the white supremacist groups first.
CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Trump on Sunday if he would say that he did not want Duke’s vote “or that of other white supremacists,” according to Raw Story.
“I don’t know anything about David Duke,” Trump declared. “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.”
“Would you just say, unequivocally, you condemn them and you don’t want their support?,” Tapper pressed.
“Well, I have to look at the group,” Trump said. “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 said.
“You may have some groups in there that are totally fine, and it would be very unfair,” Trump continued. “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 said.
“Honestly, I don’t know David Duke,” Trump remarked. “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.”
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Yeah sure, he’s never heard of the Ku Klux Klan, or David Duke, a man who ran for President. Duke distanced himself from the Klan when running for office in Louisiana. I recall my Conservative mother at the time complaining that her choices were between a racist and a crook. She went with the crook.