Trump and the KKK
The following is from a Trump appearance on CNN:
Trump: I don’t know what group you’re talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. … If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them and certainly I would disavow them if I thought there was something wrong.
Tapper: The Ku Klux Klan?
Trump: 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.
Tapper: I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here.
Trump: Honestly, I don’t know David Duke.
On the one hand, this is Trump being Trump–cleverly dodging the question in a way that will allow his devotees to glide over what is actually being said.
On the other, this is Trump being Trump–saying something that utterly disgusts those who understand what he is doing.
The bottom line is this, he either a) knows full well what he is doing by refusing to condemn overtly racist organizations, or b) he is actually ignorant of the groups in question. I am guessing the answer is “a” but neither possibility is comforting considering the job to which Trump aspires.
(I do think he doesn’t personally know David Duke, but then again that isn’t what is being asked, now is it?).
What is even more profoundly concerning is that this type of information will have no effect not only on a mass of voters, but it will it not stop allegedly “serious” politicians and pundits from endorsing him (I am looking at you, Chris Christie).
Note: added bonus, the story also notes Trump’s Tweet of a Mussolini quote.