The comment came up during an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America” when host George Stephanopoulos asked Trump if he would denounce all white supremacists who are supporting his campaign.
WASHINGTON/SAN ANTONIO Donald Trump blamed a faulty television earpiece on Monday for his failure to disavow support from a white supremacist, swatting aside the latest controversy to shadow his unorthodox march toward the Republican presidential nomination.
How hard is it to say you reject the aims, objectives and endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan?
Here’s precisely what Trump has said.
“From what I know of Donald Trump he would not seek an endorsement from a group like this or want to be associated with a David Duke“, Stern, now a commercial real estate developer in Columbia, told The Associated Press. I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.
The GOP front-runner insisted Tuesday he’s not anxious about GOP leaders who said they won’t support him if he’s the party’s nominee. “I don’t know of anything in his life that indicates that this man has racist tendencies”. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him.
“I know Mr. Trump says there’s more he needs to learn about Mr. Duke before he can render an opinion, but I think we now know all we need to know about Mr. Trump to render our own personal opinion of his candidacy”, Earnest said. “And I just don’t know anything about him”.
Duke served as a Republican in the Louisiana state legislature in the early 1990s.
The New York Times also reported at the time that Trump issued a news release referring to Duke as “a Klansman” and not the “company I wish to keep”.
Trump leads opinion polls in many of those states, as well as in most national polls where he has a double-digit advantage over closest Republican challengers Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Rubio has embraced some of Trump’s bar brawl tactics with apparent relish since a debate last week, smiling broadly when his shift to offense was greeted with claps, laughter and cheers.
“That’s when my blood began to boil”, Rubio said, describing seeing a promotional video of Trump promising prospective students they would “win, win, win” if they gave him program money. “I taught my two little ones you don’t lie and make things up…” “I said that was the easiest question in politics”, Colbert admitted.
Trump explained that he didn’t know which white-supremacist groups Tapper was asking him about on CNN. “He will take advantage of Donald Trump….”