Report: Donald Trump won’t condemn support of David Duke, white supremacists: ‘I don’t know anything about him’

Update, 1:30 p.m., Feb. 28, 2016

After his interview with CNN, Donald Trump tweeted that he disavows former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke’s support.

“As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke – I disavow,” Trump tweeted.

Update, 10 a.m., Feb. 28, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump refused to condemn the support of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke and other white supremacists in an interview with CNN Sunday.

“Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Trump told CNN host Jake Tapper. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don’t know … Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.”

When asked if he would disavow the support of the KKK and other white supremacist groups, as the Anti-Defamation League has urged him to do, Trump told Tapper that he would first need to research the groups.

“If you would send me a list of groups, I will do research on them and certainly I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong,” Trump said. “You may have groups in there that are totally fine. It would be very unfair. So give me a list of groups and I’ll let you know.”

On Friday, Trump had said that he did disavow Duke's support.

Read the full CNN report here.

Update, 12:03 p.m. Feb. 26, 2016

On Friday, when told about David Duke's supportive comments, Donald Trump said, "I disavow it, OK," according to CBS News.

Original story

Former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke on Wednesday urged supporters to volunteer for the Donald Trump campaign, assuring them they'd meet people with "the same kind of mindset that you have."

The comments came in a radio segment first noted by Buzzfeed.

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Duke, who first voiced support for Trump in August, urged supporters Wednesday to "get off your duff ... call Donald Trump's headquarters, volunteer. They're screaming for volunteers."

He said he doesn't endorse everything Trump stands for, and has not officially endorsed him, "But I do support his candidacy, and I support voting for him as a strategic action."

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu drew comparisons between Duke and Trump in December when he denounced Trump's proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.

Landrieu called Trump’s proposal “absolutely disgraceful” and called on Americans to reject Trump’s “poisonous rhetoric, which is reminiscent of David Duke’s racism.”

Duke surfaced in Baton Rouge in September, when he showed up to support the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group whose meeting at the Lod Cook Hotel on LSU’s campus spurred a group of students to conduct what the NAACP chapter billed as a “Confederate BBQ.”

There were no fireworks or confrontations, though Duke was asked to move along after chatting for about half an hour as curious hotel guests shuffled past him.


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