“I disavow it, okay?” Donald Trump said Friday at a campaign rally when asked about David Duke --- former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan --- urging white supremacists to support his campaign.
Just two days later on CNN, Jake Tapper gave Trump multiple opportunities to repudiate not just David Duke, but the Ku Klux Klan itself. Trump said he would have to research them before doing so, feigning ignorance about David Duke and his "group."
“Well, just so you understand, I don’t anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t even know anything about what you’re talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. Did he endorse me, or what’s going on? I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists,” Trump told Tapper.
If you have to research the KKK or David Duke before repudiating them, something is terribly wrong.
"He doesn't want to say anything about white supremacists because he knows white supremacists are coming out and voting for him, and he knows it is very, very close in the South," Glenn said Monday on The Glenn Beck Program. "And a group of Klansmen just might be the best thing that ever happened to him. It could be the Klansmen that put him over the top. So he doesn't want to say anything."
Trump's suggestion on Sunday that he doesn’t know anything about the former KKK grand wizard shows a lack of honesty or, at best, a terribly memory. Back in 2000, when Trump was toying with a presidential run, he had this to say about David Duke.
“As you know, the Reform Party has got some pretty big problems,” Trump said on World News Now in 2000. “Not the least of which is Pat Buchanan, David Duke, Fulani, and it’s a problem.”
When asked why he thought the Reform Party was self-destructing, Trump's responded, "Well, you've got David Duke just joined. A bigot, a racist, a problem."
Trump also wrote in the New York Times, “Although I am totally comfortable with the people in the New York Independence Party, I leave the Reform Party to David Duke, Pat Buchanan and Lenora Fulani. That is not company I wish to keep.”
Featured Image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Fort Worth Convention Center on February 26, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. Trump is campaigning in Texas, days ahead of the Super Tuesday primary. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)