Donald Trump Refuses To Denounce The KKK [VIDEO]

Seriously. This just happened. TIME recaps the clip below:

Donald Trump on Sunday refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan or disavow his recent endorsement by former Klansman David Duke. The Republican front runner said he didn’t know enough about Duke to publicly denounce the former KKK leader, who told his followers earlier this week that voting for anyone but Trump would be “treason to your heritage.”

“Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” Trump said on CNN’s State of the Union. “I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists.” “I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here,” Tapper responded.

  • David L. Caster

    Are we surprised?

  • Jude Newton

    Meanwhile under the heading of “The Internet Never Forgets” April 2000

    • Mark

      With Narcissistic Personality Disorder, he’ll disavow and try to lie his way out of this as well.

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      • DonnaLee

        Donald never says all those things people say he said. So he says.

    • Michael Rush

      Good find .

      • Jude Newton

        From Twitter Justin Green ‏@JGreenDC , I thought the whole tweet copied.

    • David L. Caster

      Trump has discovered one thing though: the American electorate has a short memory and he uses that fact to blunt any attack he cannot bully away.

      • Joe in PA

        oh, but wait…the media will call him out on it. /s

        • David L. Caster

          The lapdog biting the hand that feeds it? Really? Who’d a thunk it.

      • seanbutnotseen

        The short memory only applies to repugs.

        • David L. Caster

          Not so sure about that. I think it is endemic to much of America where it comes to politics and just about anything else for that matter.

          • seanbutnotseen

            Agreed but my intended point was that repugs have a short memory for themselves and candidates but seem to recall anything negative ( whether true or not – mostly not) about those they hate or are not just like them ( same thing.)

    • Robincho

      If I were Rupert Murdoch with a non-diseased brain (which is a stretch right there, I grant you), I would order all my news outlets to publish these two “contrasting” quotes from RumpDump every day from now till Cleveland…

      • David L. Caster

        The Faux News audience wouldn’t be able to connect the dots nor even care to.

      • LovesIrony

        I would prefer after Cleveland.

  • bryan

    Unbelievable. They have also decided to make a musical about his supporters : Provisional title : Into The Hoods.

    • Robincho

      I’m just putting the finishing touches on my musical about the BlackBreeders™ pornsite — “Bring In Da Boyz, Bring In Da Junk” —
      but if the folks over at “Into The Hoods” need any assistance, they can count on me…

  • DaddyRay

    If you are running for President of the United States then you better damn well know who David Duke and the KKK.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Yep, and hope for their support.

  • Michael Rush

    To qualify for the Presidency you have to know something about something , especially when you’ve been told repeatedly .

    • Lakeview Bob

      My thought exact.y. It is convenient for him to claim to know nothing which is just one more reason to deplore him. I want my president to know as much as possible.

      • Michael Rush

        Notice he will not respond to anything he promises to look into , when shown Obama’s birth certificate he just stopped commenting on it

        A report prepared during the war by the United States Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler’s psychological profile:

        His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it .

        • Joseph Miceli

          I see the Republican party learned a lot from Hitler.

          • Bj Lincoln

            Best reply!

  • Chris H.

    Google it Asshole!!

  • Jamie Brewer

    Trump knows that denouncing the KKK would cost cost him the Christian vote.

    • DaddyRay

      And the majority of his supporters

    • jimbo65

      Not only the Christian vote but his entire redneck base. The day he apologizes for himself or condemns anything his supporters do or say, it’s all over for him.

      • motordog

        Like the hyenas turning on Scar in the Lion King…

        • paganguy

          In our dreams, motordog… in our dreams.

        • jimbo65

          Ha! If only. ..

  • Christian Flanagan

    When all else fails, plead ignorance. Last refuge of the psychopath.

  • TexasBoy

    A box of rocks would be a better president than Trump.

    • paganguy

      Hell, even an empty box would be a better president. (I didn’t say just a rock because they’d be pretty much indistinguishable – both dense and capable of inflicting yuuuge amounts of damage.)

    • JCF

      A box of rocks wouldn’t make me fear there wouldn’t be a correcting election in 2020…

  • Gil

    Why would anyone expect someone who grew up in Queens and attended Fordham in the Bronx and a second tier Ivy League school to know anything about the KKK….

    • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

      LOL, funny. I had no idea he too went to Fordham. I assure you good ol’ FU is keeping silent on this one. There have been no promotional e-mails saying “Support fellow alum,” etc.

  • oikos
    • JCF

      Stealing the Leo Toast here—

  • Mark

    Ahhhh! He warms my soul with visions of a dem landslide come November….

    • Joe in PA

      ahhhh, a silver lining in all of this (sort of) … I get to watch my Republican in-laws vote for this guy. In their pea-brains, hey have no choice.

  • TexasBoy

    Of course he knows nothing about the KKK or David Duke. It isn’t part of the “It’s all about Me!” bubble where Trump lives.

  • agcons

    If that’s true – and I know it’s not – he’s as thick as a plank. I’ve known who David Duke was for decades: not because I’m necessarily enchanted by US politics, but because I want to know if such people pop up anywhere in the world.

    • Chucktech

      Really. Donald trump is either an ignoramus or a liar. Which is it, The Donald?

      • Furface

        It’s possible to be both.

        • Prixator

          It’s probable to be both (in this case).

      • JCF

        … or senile.

  • Macbill

    Wait! Isn’t Donald Trump very very intelligent? Doesn’t he have a youuuuuge brain that keeps track of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey after 9/11, etc? I guess the Donald reads newspapers much like Sarah Palin does.

    • David L. Caster

      While he squats over them?

      • Joseph Miceli

        He has “the Best People” do that for him.

    • zhera

      Obviously he can’t say anything negative about KKK. He’d lose Breitbart!

    • Azima Khan

      Apparently a big part of his rallies is reading polling data, he absolutely knows he has a big white supremacist backing. It’s the one thing he’s consistently informed about, feigning ignorance about his own popularity is probably the single most pathetic lie he’s made

  • TheManicMechanic

    Anything for votes.

    • Steven Leahy

      That sums him up in a nutshell.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Tell us again, Donald, why anyone so ill informed that they don’t know who David Duke is or what the White Supremacy movement is should consider themselves qualified for the presidency? Oh, that’s right! You’ll “get the best people” to handle that for you. I forgot!

    • Steven Leahy

      He’s all about personal adoration and attracting votes. he doesn’t care where they come from. Trump is so pathetic in that he really doesn’t HAVE an ideology or morality, and what’s even more pitiful is that his followers don’t seem to care. It’s all about narcissism and winning with him, and he’d sell out his own mother to do it.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    It is becoming more apparent that in the flyover country Trump can do no wrong. I am beginning to greatly fear he will take the prize in November.

    • Joseph Miceli

      Remember: hardcore Republitards are a VERY vocal minority. I still have a warm memory of the election four years ago when the conservatards thought they would make Barack Obama a one term president.
      Hillary will be our next President.

      • Macbill

        Bush’s Brain ’bout had a baby on live TV when Obama won.

        • BearEyes

          yeah 😉

        • Chucktech

          God, that was just glorious!

        • Jimmie Z

          Does anyone have a .gif of that?

        • Joseph Miceli

          And wasn’t THAT good times, with Megyn Kelley leading him by the nose into the bowels of Faux News to really stick it to him. MMMMMMMmmmm. I’m in my happy place!

    • sword

      “Flyover country” has a lot of KKK-sympathizers, it’s just that it isn’t fashionable any longer to wear white while you’re trying to s&%t on someone.

  • JVB

    The Republican party brought this on themselves.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Yes they did. Every hilarious bit of it.

      • TuuxKabin

        I wish I could find some hilarity in this BJ, rather than the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I wish I had selective memory as Trump has, I’m almost old enough, wish it would just kick in, I’d be a happier person.

        • Bj Lincoln

          Our election and system is a global joke right now. The GOP and Trump have turned the entire process into a bad SNL skit that won’t end. There is NO way Trump will become President of these United States. Even IF he becomes the nominee, which I highly doubt the RNC will allow it, he is only there to make the calm, experienced Hillary look better. He doesn’t want to be President. If he did, he would NOT be saying the shit he is saying. No one honestly wants this ass as the leader of our country. I see this as the total demise of the GOP as we know it. So watching them crash and burn is funny.

          • Dramphooey

            I hope you’re right.

          • jimbo65

            In the back of my mind, I keep hoping he’s really a plant. That he’s in the race to insure a Democratic victory. But I think he’s too narcissistic to let himself be “used ” that way.

          • Chucktech

            I agree, BJ, but I really find no joy in watching them crash and burn. I find it shocking, embarrassing for our country, and not good for our system of governance, flawed though it may be.

          • Bj Lincoln

            It is all you said it is but…..Ever since the Moral Majority took over the GOP, we have suffered as a country from bad Presidents making bad decisions based on bad advice from ‘moral’ people. Trying to get rid of the Right’s influence has been a waste of time. The only way for the GOP to be reborn is to kill the old one off. They have been asking for it since Obama was sworn in the first time. They are doing it to themselves. The GOP has had nothing but clowns for more than a few elections and they keep losing. The more desperate they get the worse they get. It is about time to implode and start fresh with the newer less religious younger GOP that cares about the country and not just the Right.

          • Chucktech

            Totally, but the GOP hasn’t been losing in down-ticket races, like governorships, city counsels, school boards, judges, and dog catchers. Especially in off-year elections. But, yeah, when the reality based crowd bothers to wake up and vote in general elections, Moron Bush was the last one the GOP is ever gonna get until they fix some crazy (as best they can).

        • BudClark

          I’m TERRIFIED … old, gay, disabled, poor … I and most of my friends are among the MOST vulnerable …

          • TuuxKabin

            Exactly. I may have a bit of a cushion but do not count on anything, financially and definitely not politically. I’ll always vote as long as I can pull the lever, or press the button in the Democratic column. We’re more exposed to news about hate initiatives then progressive issues. I can’t help but feel this country still has a long swerve to the extreme conservative side then not. I mentioned to my partner I saw your post earlier. Been a long time since we’ve read anything from you. Glad you’re here.

  • Prion

    ,,,

  • That, in a nutshell, is Donald Trump: He doesn’t know enough about anything to be president.

    • Chucktech

      Baloney. He knows goddam well who David Duke is and what the Klan is.

  • Prion

    ,,.

  • Prion

    ,.,

  • Prion

    ….

  • WhoDat

    Feigning ignorance, the GOP way.

  • Bj Lincoln

    I can understand if Duke’s name didn’t ring a bell at that moment, but everyone knows the KKK and what they stand for.

    • Chucktech

      Really. And to even begin to say he’s unfamiliar with the KKK is simply not believable.

      And this putz, Jake Tapper, why couldn’t he just ask “You don’t know what the KKK is?” and just leave the David Duke water-muddying out of it? Nope.

  • Gil

    Slightly OT, but who is auditing his returns ? The IRS, the state, or his own financial people ? ? Has anyone really looked into this and is it a big lie ?

  • bkmn

    OK then lets get a pic of him hanging with the supremacist crowd so we have a picture to use in the general.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    ……and remember kids, especially you there on the left, this could very well be your President if you don’t vote. Simply put, if you abstain from your civic duty, you are voting for the GOP. Just keep that in mind.

    • KnownDonorDad

      But both parties are the same, who cares? /s

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Sssssh, you might summon IT

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    Let’s see… Watch the above video? Get my chest waxed?

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-QUaMgJZHCgk/U-Uv0UIhU1I/AAAAAAAAMOU/MluOlgOUi4o/w426-h240/0KwGEDe.gif

    I’ll decide after my 1st coffee.

    • TuuxKabin

      Better put some alcohol of your choice in that coffee.

      • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

        Thanks for the advice… I do have a bit of “medicinal” brandy on hand.

      • Stev84

        Better put some coffee into your alcohol

  • zhera

    A man who doesn’t know anything about David Duke or the KKK wants to be your President.

    …yeah.

  • TuuxKabin

    Maybe he means he didn’t recognize David Duke since the plastic surgery, botox, implants, replants and the what’s that on his head. But to not know anything about white supremacy?

    • Steven Leahy

      LOL that was quite a frightening outcome with Duke too, wasn’t it?

      Donald. All about the votes. At any cost.

  • motordog

    You think it’s scary NOW…wait until they finally decide on one candidate, stop their infighting, and start their final campaign. Everyone have your shit-proof ponchos and umbrellas ready…we are heading for (as the Chinese curse says) ‘interesting times’.

  • delk

    Too late. Why the fuck didn’t they ask the same goddamn question to Tony Perkins? How many fucking time has that piece of lying shit been on CNN?

    • Chucktech

      Why the fuck didn’t this talking (shit)head say, with obvious incredulity, “You’re telling me you are not familiar with what the KKK is?”

      • Jimmie Z

        … your father was a member, after all! *eyebrow raised* *incredulous look*

        • Jimmie Z

    • Librarykid

      And why does he get the softball questions and ass kissing with no followups.

  • KnownDonorDad

    Here I thought the Religious Right were the modern-day Know Nothings.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

    Jake Tapper is a journalist? Come on… In any self-respecting news organization, this would have been challenged much more strongly. A line of questioning like “doesn’t ignorance or lying about not knowing the KKK and white supremacy disqualify you from being president of the US?” After all, this is not Fox.

    • Chucktech

      Really! “Seriously, Mr. Trump, you are unfamiliar with the KKK?”

      • TexasBoy

        He was thinking of KFC.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        My followup question to Trump would be “So, you are confirming you are an idiot?”

  • RainbowPhoenix

    It’s the KKK, one of THE defining symbols of racism in America. If anything should go in the automatic reject pile, its them.

  • not a shock. Trump also gave a pass to the racist thugs who beat up that latino man after one of his rallies.

  • 2patricius2

    “Don’t know much about history
    Don’t know much biology
    Don’t know much about science book
    Don’t know much about the French I took…
    “Don’t know much geography
    Don’t know much trigonometry
    Don’t know much about algebra
    Don’t know what a slide rule is for…”

    Sounds like the Donald is singing Sam Cook’s song…

  • TexasBoy

    Donald, Donald, he’s our man! He’ll represent the Ku Klux Klan.

    And sadly, he still has followers.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    This from the man who usually claims to know EVERYTHING.

  • justmeeeee

    Look at those raccoon eyes!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    If the GOP had any balls, they would’ve gone full tilt on knocking him down. I’ve read article after article about the donors loathing him but utterly refusing to put any real money into attacking him. Cowards and cheapskates, the whole lot of them.

  • MikeBx2
  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Trump: Look I’m the frontrunner, the klandidate with a perfect memory. I don’t know nuthin’ ’bout David Duke.

  • ColdCountry

    He doesn’t care people, he’s a sociopath.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Trump: OK, I just heard David Duke has endorsed me. It’s a Great honer!

    • Macbill

      What he meant to say was, “I got a youuuuuuuge boner.”

  • DaveMiller135

    Trump takes a strong position on anything his current audience seems to agree with, and is trying to waffle his way through everything else. Maybe it could get him through the primary, but I really don’t think he can survive like that through the election. If he can, on some level we deserve him.

  • Trump is obviously exhausted and perhaps is having problems with instant recall of names and events . I do not think he is a klansman or a neo-Nazi although his comments on muslims and Latinos are in their league. He would not be so enthusiastically talking about his Jewish daughter (she converted upon marriage and is very into it) if he was. I expect his campaign to disavow this support unequivocally. I will never vote for Trump but we need to go after him on real issues and not some statement he made not thinking properly. His campaign would be over if he actually accepted Duke and the Klan’s support. I am listening to Rubio attacking him on this now and want to throw up- Rubio is more of a bigot than he is. Florida Republicans have very right wing connections.

    • I do partly agree with what you’re saying here, but I also think it’s a perfectly valid point of attack to go after Trump for being unable to think clearly and process information when he’s tired and under stress.

    • TampaDink

      I suspect that he privately seethes with rage over his daughter…not for converting but for rebuffing his advances.

  • JT
  • I think Trump is tired. “I know nothing about white supremacists”? Really? I mean, we all know the man is as shallow as a puddle of water, but it ought to be second nature just to say, “I don’t want the support of any extremist hate groups.”

  • NYCGUY

    Maybe the other republican primary candidates (Cruz, Rubio, Kasich etc…) will bring this issue up.

    YEAH RIGHT!

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I really wonder what the rest of his PR team is doing. Are they just counting $$$ and going “yes, yes” to everything?

  • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

    The one thing I NEVER thought about Donald Trump as much as I despise him is that he could be in over his head. Buffoonery, batshitery, whatever…But in over his head? Yup. The fascist billionaire is a dunce.

  • I LOVE that Trump is going to get the nomination! Dems will at the very least keep the White House and take back the Senate. I’m picturing Mitch McConnell with just the tip of his head sticking out of his neck.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Do you think that everyone who bullied Ted Cruz in high school remembers his name?

    • Macbill

      I suspect Trump hired bullies to protect him.

  • houstonray

    Donald J. Trump…..the gift that keeps on giving!

    • JCF

      ^ Before 7+ years of RethugliKlan intransigence…

  • houstonray

  • yetanotherLaura

    All this time I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that he’s punking us, that he’s really smart enough to know EXACTLY what he’s doing and is doing it deliberately.

    But this? This proves that he really IS the idiot that I thought he was just pretending to be! Holy crap, how could someone be THIS STUPID?

  • Jim

    Unless Trump sought the endorsement of David Duke et al, why is he in any way accountable for what David Duke says about him? Why should Trump (or any other candidate) care about an attention-hungry media whore like David Duke who does this stunt every election?

    • Macbill

      ‘Cause its funny,

  • bobbyjoe

    “Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about…”

    Were Trump to actually be elected president, I suspect that would be the beginning of pretty much every sentence he uttered for four years.

  • MaryOGrady

    You, too, can become a volunteer voter registrar It’s easy. It’s fast. It’s fun.
    Register everybody.
    Vote!

    • Randolph Finder

      Depends on the state, some states get really ugly about that, (North Carolina?)

  • Can’t piss on the fire yet, it just started to warm up in hell.

  • Brooklyn Joe

    He didn’t want to say anything because he was waiting for the endorsement of Alabama Sen Jeff Sessions – another KKK sympathizer

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Of course Trump isn’t gonna denounce David Duke and the Klan – he needs votes in Southern states like Louisiana and Mississippi. His campaign slogan (“Make America Great Again”) is a dog-whistle to conservative Southerners. It’s code for “Make America white again”. Trump knows what he’s doing.

  • JCF

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmywwiZth5E

    Just so you know: Trump refused to participate in the Reform Party, 15+ years ago, BECAUSE David Duke was involved in it. So {shock, shock} Trump is LYING AGAIN, when he says he doesn’t know anything about Duke (either lying—or senility! But I’m guessing lying).

  • Saul Farias

    KKK doesn’t ring a bell Krispe Kreme Kronuts?

  • dcurlee

    He’s so full of shit I’m surprised it’s not running out of his ears