Donald Trump has a history with former KKK leader David Duke, and now his campaign is getting a little defensive over Duke's assertion that Trump left the door open to backing his senate candidacy during a Meet The Press appearance Sunday. Maggie Haberman writes:
Mr. Duke said on Monday that Mr. Trump did “as much as he could” in a weekend interview to suggest that he could back Mr. Duke, the white nationalist, who is seeking a Louisiana Senate seat.
Asked about Mr. Duke’s remarks, Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump, emailed, “Again, Mr. Trump has disavowed David Duke and will continue to do so.”
She went on: “If you want to continue to waste our time with these questions, we will happily address them and allocate our resources for real stories pertaining to Mr. Trump’s candidacy for president of the United States and his message to the American people elsewhere.”
Touchy, touchy. A bit of a sore spot, perhaps, after Trump entirely failed to denounce Duke the first time he was asked about him earlier this year.
Here's what Trump said Sunday after being asked if he would support a Democrat over Duke for the Louisiana seat:
“I guess depending on who the Democrat is, but the answer would be yes. Look, the answer is as quick as you can say it — in fact, I want to answer you before you — because last time with another person in your position, I did it very quickly and they said he didn’t do it fast enough. Rebuked.”
I guess ... depending ... rebuked! Now isn't that just a vision of clarity.