Donald Trump said it was a “bad earpiece” that led to statements that seemed to suggest that the presidential candidate would not disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke.
"I was sitting in a house in Florida, with a bad earpiece," he said. "I could hardly hear what he's saying. I hear various groups. I don't mind disavowing anyone. I disavowed Duke the day before at a major conference."
Trump was asked Sunday during a CNN segment whether he would disavow Duke and other white supremacist groups that are supporting his campaign.
"Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK?" Trump said.
"I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists," he said. "So I don't know. I don't know -- did he endorse me, or what's going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists."
Trump was asked three times about distancing himself from the group. He never addressed the question.
But Friday during a press conference, Trump said: “David Duke endorsed me? OK, all right. I disavow, OK?”
Marco Rubio slammed Trump for his statements on Sunday, arguing that Trump did know Duke.
"We cannot be the party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan," Rubio said.
"By the way, not only is that wrong, it makes him unelectable. How are we going to grow our party with a nominee that refuses to condemn the Ku Klux Klan?" he said. "Don't tell me he doesn't know what the Ku Klux Klan is. This is serious."
Trump also tweeted a quote by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, which read “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep,” which have led some to accuse him of being a fascist like Mussolini.
Publication date: February 29, 2016