This morning Donald Trump refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) three times when prompted to do so by Jake Tapper on CNN’s morning show called State of Union. Trump was recently endorsed by David Duke, who The Hill identifies as white nationalist and former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard. Duke said that voting against Trump would be a “treason to your heritage” for a white person to vote against Trump. As seen in the video below, Trump refuses to disown Duke and does not even condemn the KKK despite being given the opportunity to do so three times.
As seen in the interview, Trump again and again claims to be ignorant about David Duke and even white supermacist saying:
I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK. I don’t anything about what you are even talking about with white supremacy and white supremacist.”
Tapper again simply asks Trump if he is willing to condemn white supremacist groups that have endorsed him . Trump responds,
Well I have to look at the group. I mean I don’t know what group you are talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about.”
Tapper interjects, “I mean I am just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here.” Trump responds,
Honestly, I don’t know David Duke…I have never met him and I just don’t know anything about him.”
Of course, this is not the first time that Trump has said something controversial in the 2016 campaign. So far every seemingly damaging statement that Trump has made has, in fact, only helped him in the polls. It remains to be seen how this most recent exchange will play with Republican Primary voters ahead of Super Tuesday.