Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper yesterday morning, Donald Trump was asked about David Duke’s endorsement of his campaign and given the chance to disavow Duke. Trump responded that he didn’t know enough about the former KKK grand wizard and needed to do more research first.
Trump offered this explanation for why he didn’t disavow Duke in the CNN interview:
— The Hill (@thehill) February 29, 2016
On Friday, Trump did seem to know who David Duke was and said he disavowed after being pressed:
As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke- I disavow. pic.twitter.com/OIXFKPUlz2
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2016
2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney thinks Trump should be out of the running as a result of all that:
A disqualifying & disgusting response by @realDonaldTrump to the KKK. His coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of America.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 29, 2016
Romney had previously suggested that Trump won’t release his tax returns because they hide a “bombshell.”
Is Mitt Romney test ballooning a potential late entry here? https://t.co/CQhm7b0Epr
— Christopher J. Hale (@chrisjollyhale) February 29, 2016
It’s happening https://t.co/BM73dTOedr
— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) February 29, 2016
.@MittRomney who do you think *should* be the Republican nominee? Asking for a nation.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) February 29, 2016