For most normal, right-thinking adults, the question of “would you vote for a KKK grand wizard” is a pretty solid “no.” This is even true for most Republicans, if not for racism, then because many Republicans are so mind-bogglingly stupid they seem to believe the KKK consists entirely of Democrats, despite the KKK surging out in force to support Trump in his run.
But Donald Trump is not a normal, right-thinking adult, and during an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday morning, the GOP candidate said he wasn’t certain he would support the Democratic candidate running against white supremacist David Duke.
Birds of a feather and all that.
Trump hasn’t been subtle in his support for the KKK. He noted earlier this cycle that he’d have to do “more research” before he repudiated the KKK and declined their endorsement, after all. And while Trump did eventually disavow them, for their part, white supremacists, Holocaust deniers, Neo-Nazis, and crackpot nationalists (is there any other kind?) of all stripes have flocked to his side to support him.
Trump’s own blend of short-sighted nationalism combined with the hatred of the government creates a political philosophy you can legitimately describe as anarcho-fascism, although it’s not that by design, but because its proponents are too stupid to think their positions through.
Perhaps more than that, however, is Trump’s emboldening of the racist right wing to stand up and speak their unwelcome, unwanted opinions. And among them is David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, who has been inspired by Trump and is now running for office himself in Louisiana.
Trump attempted to disavow them again on Sunday while sitting across from Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, but it was half-hearted and lukewarm at best.
“David Duke announced his Senate candidacy claiming your agenda for his own, or essentially saying glad that you spoke out,” Todd said. “Newt Gingrich said, every Republican should repudiate this guy no matter what he says.”
Trump responded, somewhat heatedly, “I did and I do.”
Todd continued to press him, however: “Would you support a Democrat over David Duke, if that was what was necessary to defeat him?”
I guess, depending on who the Democrat, but the answer would be yes. Look, the answer is, as quick as you can say it — rebuked. Is that OK? Rebuked.
I don’t know how to parse that first sentence. That’s a direct contradiction. I get the last sentence, and, in fact, Trump probably would’ve been better off if he’d just answered with it. It doesn’t answer Todd’s question, but that’s a pretty solid rhetorical sidestep that says, “I’m leaving open the chance I won’t support a Democrat under any circumstances, but I’m firmly telling you what you want to hear.”
That first sentence is just confused. He “guesses” he would, “but the answer would be yes.” That’s a sloppy, disastrous non-committal response, just like Trump’s entire run has been a sloppy, disastrous campaign.
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