In a very weird turn of events over the weekend, former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke endorsed Donald Trump for President. Duke was in favor of Trump’s disregard for political correctness, strength on immigration and breaking up “Jewish dominated lobbies,” among other positions. Perhaps not wholly unexpected given Trump’s candor on racial issues, but the real weirdness came later as news filtered out about Duke endorsement. Trump didn’t disavow an endorsement from the most visible KKK member in the country, and a figure that he has disavowed in the past.
On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday Trump stated “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” in response to questions about the former Grand Wizard. “Did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.”
In 2000 Trump apparently knew enough to disavow David Duke, as he referenced him by name as a reason he ended a possible Reform Party presidential bid. “The Reform Party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani. This is not company I wish to keep.”
On the Today show in 2000 Donald Trump unequivocally stated “You got David Duke just joined [the Reform Party]…A bigot, a racist, a problem. I mean, this is not exactly the people you want in your party.”
It sounds like Trump knows quite a bit about David Duke.