Donald Trump on Sunday morning refused to condemn actions taken and comments made by the Ku Klux Klan and one of its former leaders, claiming he needed to do “more research” before taking a position.
Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union, Trump was asked by Jake Tapper to respond to recent comments made by white supremacist David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Duke and other white supremacist groups have supported Trump’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
“Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” he said. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”
Tapper continued to press Trump on the question, but the GOP front-runner refused to disavow Duke.
“I 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.”
Trump said if Tapper send him a “list of the group” he would “do research on them and certainly” disavow any bad comments.
“You may have groups in there that are totally fine — it would be very unfair,” Trump said.
Tapper again clarified that he was referring to the Ku Klux Klan.
Trump’s comments come just two days before Super Tuesday, when a large number of southern states hold primaries.