Donald Trump has a new defense for why he failed to disavow David Duke and the KKK when given the opportunity several weeks ago. On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Trump claimed that he wasn’t sure if “KKK” CNN’s Jake Tapper was talking about a Jewish charity.
‘I don’t like to disavow groups if I don’t know who they are,’ Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” ‘I mean, you could have Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in groups.’
Immediately after the Repulican front-runner delivered his newest “explanation,” the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned the billionaire;s remarks calling them “obscene.”
‘It is obscene to even mention a Jewish organization in the same breath as these white supremacist groups,’ said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the ADL. ‘Mr. Trump needs to acknowledge that the rhetoric of these hate groups is appalling and does not belong in any political discussion.’
The ADL pointed out that the white power groups Trump confused with Jewish charities refer to African-Americans as “mud people” and describe Jews as “Satanic.”
During the Morning Joe interview, Trump again “disavowed” former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke and again hinted at a possible third-party candidacy, while warning the Republican establishment that if he’s not treated fairly he could leave and take his supporters with him.
The billionaire also once again blamed CNN for providing a “bad earpiece” during his interview with Tapper.
The Republican front-runner once again called Duke a “bad person,” stating “I disavowed him.” He continues, “I disavowed the K.K.K.”
Meanwhile, Greenblatt found it unbelievable that Trump didn’t understand the distinction between Jewish Charities and White Supremacists groups like the K.K.K.
‘It is hard to fathom how we can have a candidate who can be so verbose when it comes to denigrating other candidates, yet he finds himself tongue tied when it comes to the most racist and anti-Semitic group in the history of this country,’ Greenblatt said.
Here’s a YouTube video of Trump’s interview on Morning Joe.
Last Week Duke once again “clarified his position, stating that he never endorsed Trump, but did encourage his supporters to strategically support the billionaire.
‘Voting for these people, voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage,’ Duke said on the David Duke Radio Program Wednesday, referring to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. ‘I’m not saying I endorse everything about Trump, in fact I haven’t formally endorsed him. But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action. I hope he does everything we hope he will do.’
Duke then urged his followers to call Trump’s campaign headquarters to volunteer.
‘And I am telling you that it is your job now to get active. Get off your duff. Get off your rear end that’s getting fatter and fatter for many of you everyday on your chairs. When this show’s over, go out, call the Republican Party, but call Donald Trump’s headquarters, volunteer. They’re screaming for volunteers. Go in there, you’re gonna meet people who are going to have the same kind of mindset that you have.’