February 28, 2016

Much to my surprise, Jake Tapper actually did ask the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump, about his support from white supremacist groups and former KKK grand wizard, David Duke on this Sunday's State of the Union on CNN.

Good for Tapper, but what we got in response was basically the Sgt. Schultz from Hogan's Heroes excuse:

Here's Trump's response when Tapper tried over and over again to get him to condemn the support he's gotten from Duke and other white supremacist groups:

TRUMP: Well, just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, okay? I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don't know, I mean, I don't know. Did he endorse me or what's going on? Because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists and so you're asking me a question that I'm supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about. […]

Well, I'd 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, but you may have groups in there that are totally fine and it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups and I'll let you know. […]

I don't know anything... 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. I just don't know anything about him.

UPDATE: We got zero follow up from Tapper during his interview. Maybe next time he has Trump on he can ask him about this article from 2000. Trump knows full well who David Duke is: Reform Bid Said to Be a No-Go for Trump:

Mr. Trump painted a fairly dark picture of the Reform Party in his statement, noting the role of Mr. Buchanan, along with the roles of David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and Lenora Fulani, the former standard-bearer of the New Alliance Party and an advocate of Marxist-Leninist politics.

"The Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani," he said in his statement. "This is not company I wish to keep."

Mr. Trump reached his final decision after meeting with advisers at his estate in West Palm Beach before flying back to New York this evening. Although Mr. Ventura said he was forming his own new Independence Party, Mr. Trump said he would not seek its nomination for president.

Apparently it's the company he wants to keep now, or he'd have tried to distance himself from Duke in the interview above. Trump claims he's got such a wonderful memory. It's amazing how it seems to have failed him now, isn't it? He knows full well he needs the support from those racists if he's going to win in the south. He's not about to disavow them before the primary is over.

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