Republican front runner Donald Trump refused to distance himself from the Ku Klux Klan and former KKK Grand Dragon David Duke, who has endorsed him. Trump’s reasoning: he has to do research on them before rejecting their endorsement.
Trump’s statement comes as the Anti-Defamation League called on him to reject endorsements from white supremacist groups. CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Trump if he was willing to disavow white supremacist endorsements. Here is part of the interview below. Trump said:
“I don’t know anything about David Duke. 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. And so, you are asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.”
But Tapper wouldn’t let him off the hook so quickly, and pressed on:
“Would you just say, unequivocally, you condemn them and you don’t want their support?”
“Well, I have to look at the group. 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 interrupted. Trump replied:
“You may have some groups in there that are totally fine, and it would be very unfair. 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,” said Tapper.
“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.”
To claim ignorance is Trump’s way of dodging the question. Trump knows that the majority of his supporters are racists and as is typical of a politician, you don’t want to upset your supporters. Thus, he’s remained hush hush on the overwhelming support he’s received from racists around the country.
Trump has succeeded in normalizing bigotry and hatred for minorities. It’s going to be up to each of us, should he become the Republican nominee, to go out and vote against him in the general election.
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