Republican presidential front-runner Donald is receiving flak from a wide cross-section of the media and his rivals for his failure to condemn endorsements from a prominent white supremacist and former KKK leader.
Trump when asked by CNN’s State of the Union host Jake Tapper whether he would distance himself from an endorsement by David Duke, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
He said, “I don’t know anything about David Duke. I don’t know what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacist. I don’t know. I don’t know, did he endorse me, or what’s going on?”
Trump’s exchange with Tapper was as follows:
Trump: I don’t know what group you’re talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. … If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them and certainly I would disavow them if I thought there was something wrong.
Tapper: The Ku Klux Klan?
Trump: You may have groups in there that are totally fine and it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups and I’ll let you know.
Tapper: I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here.
Trump: Honestly, I don’t know David Duke.
According to a press report, in 2000, when Trump ended his presidential campaign, Trump cited Duke’s participation in the Reform Party as one reason he no longer wanted the party’s nomination.
In the meantime, Marco Rubio has maintained his attack mode against Trump by calling him, “a con artist.”
Rubio made his remark on ABC’s program Good Morning America.
Citing Trump’s wins in early state primaries and his longstanding lead in the polls for the GOP presidential nomination, Rubio said the Republican Party was on the verge of being hijacked by someone who doesn’t share the core beliefs of its conservative base.
“If this pattern continues the conservative movement in the Republican Party will be taken over by a con artist portraying himself as the fighter of the ordinary person fighting for the working man,” Rubio said. “But he spent years sticking it to the working people.”
Edited by Jesus Chan
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