It’s no secret — Donald Trump is the candidate of choice for white supremacists all across the country. Just a few days ago, former KKK leader and unabashed white nationalist David Duke told his radio listeners that failing to vote for Trump was “treason to your heritage.” In December, American Nazi Party leader Rocky Suhayda said he approved of Trump’s plan to block Muslims from coming into the United States. Andrew Anglin, who publishes the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer called Trump “The Ultimate Savior.” These are just a few examples of the types of hate groups that are throwing their support to Trump. And now Trump is saying he won’t disavow their backing because he claims he knows nothing about them.
Trump talked to CNN’s Jake Tapper on the show “State Of the Union” on February 28. During the dialog, Tapper confronts him on the backing he is receiving from groups such as the KKK. He asks Trump if he will disavow the support of Duke and his cohorts, and say that he doesn’t want their votes.
In a pathetically dishonest answer, Trump claims he doesn’t know anything about Duke, or even what white supremacists are. He tells Tapper,
I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don’t know. I don’t know. Did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists.
It gets even more incredible. Not only does Trump say that he won’t do a blanket disavowal of the support of white supremacists, he goes on to say that there may be some groups classified with that label that are ok with him. He tells Tapper,
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 there was something wrong. You may have groups in there that are totally fine — it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups and I’ll let you know.
When a group proudly wears the label “white supremacist” or “white nationalist,” what more is there that anyone would need to know about it?
So why won’t Trump tell David Duke, the American Nazi Party or the KKK that he won’t accept their support? It could be because he knows he can’t win without it.
Here are Trump’s comments, via CNN/YouTube:
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