Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday found himself at the center of attacks about a possible connection to the Ku Klux Klan and being accused of not outright rejecting support from the group or ex-leader David Duke.
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, of Cuban descent, suggested on “Fox News Sunday” that a hate group supporting the front-running Trump was making recorded calls – known as “robo-calls” -- telling potential voters not to pick a Cuban candidate.
And Trump was repeatedly asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” about retired KKK grand wizard David Duke last week giving his support to the Trump campaign.
"Just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke, OK?" Trump responded. "I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. Did he endorse me, or what's going on?”
Trump was asked the question Friday on the campaign trail in Fort Worth, Texas. He said he was unaware about a Duke endorsement.
“I didn't even know,” Trump told a reporter.” I disavow it. OK?”
He tweeted a similar response after the CNN appearance, saying, “As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke -- I disavow.”
Cruz tweeted: "Really sad. @realDonaldTrump you're better than this. We should all agree, racism is wrong, KKK is abhorrent."
Fellow GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio later commented on the CNN exchange, during a campaign event in northern Virginia.
The Florida senator said Trump "refused" to repudiate Duke -- "a well known white supremacist racist" -- despite being asked repeatedly.
"We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan," Rubio said. "Not only is that wrong, it makes him unelectable."
The Anti-Defamation League has reportedly called on Trump to repudiate Duke’s support.
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