Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas — a rumored running mate for Hillary Clinton — took to Twitter yesterday in an attempt to pile on the Donald Trump–David Duke–KKK outrage train, but he did so in a way that misquoted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
Castor tweeted, “Greg Abbott ‘doesn’t know’ if Republicans should disavow KKK support” and then linked to a CNN video of Abbott sitting down with Jake Tapper.
But in the video, Abbott says no such think. Transcript:
Jake Tapper: Do you think Donald Trump should decry the racists and white supremacists who are out there campaigning for him?
Gov. Abbott: You know, that’s up to him. I don’t know what the message is, but I think that Ted Cruz is going to run a very positive campaign.”
CNN: Greg Abbott "doesn't know" if Republicans should disavow KKK support – YouTube https://t.co/NaD7ZrcN3v
— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) March 1, 2016
Nice try, Rep. Castro … but no.
Trump is still dealing with the fallout from Sunday when he told Tapper that he needed to do more research before he could disavow David Duke:
'Will be enormously damaging': Donald Trump says he needs to research David Duke before denouncing him https://t.co/55NhOVKJgV
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 28, 2016
Trump later in the day did disavow Duke, but blamed his awkward interview on a bad earpiece:
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 29, 2016