Trump says he failed to disavow the KKK because of faulty equipment
Jake Tapper, CNN host, had quite an interesting little chat with Donald Trump on Sunday, which is available to watch here. If you’re like me and you’d much rather avoid hearing The Donald’s voice altogether, here’s what happened when Tapper asked Trump about the support he has received from white supremacist groups, and David Duke, former KKK leader:
Donald Trump: I have to look at the group. I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about. 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.
Jake Tapper: Okay, I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, but…
Donald Trump: Honestly, I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him. And I just don’t know anything about him.
Wow- for a man who seems more than happy to paint immigrants with such a broad brush, isn’t it interesting that he wants to do more “research” on the KKK?
Yesterday on NBC’s The Today Show, Trump was asked to explain his answer, and he blamed it on a bad earpiece. “Okay, let me tell you, I’m sitting in a house in Florida, with a very bad earpiece that they gave me, and you could hardly hear what he was saying,” he told Savannah Guthrie, “What I heard was various groups. And I don’t mind disavowing anybody and I disavowed David Duke. And I disavowed him before at a major news conference.” Uh, okay.
To Matt Lauer, “I have no problem disavowing groups but I’d at least like to know who they are. It would (not) be very fair to disavow a group, Matt, if the group shouldn’t be disavowed. I have to know who the groups are. But I disavowed David Duke.”
Donald, this is just a suggestion, but if you hear that white supremacist groups are supporting you, it’s probably best to immediately break off any involvement even before taking the time to learn more about them. But hey, I’m not the one running for president here on a platform of hate and delusion, so what do I know? The KKK have put strong backing behind Trump with no criticism from him, so blaming his answer on a bad earpiece smells fishy.