Donald Trump is now blaming faulty audio equipment for his baffling reluctance to just denounce the support of former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. In an interview on NBC's Today show early Monday morning, Trump deployed his usual tactic of speaking vaguely and talking in circles with such frustrating dexterity that the opposing party eventually just gives up.
"I’m sitting in a house in Florida, with a very bad earpiece that they gave me, and you could hardly hear what he was saying," Trump insisted, referencing his refusal to disavow any support from the Ku Klux Klan or similarly bigoted groups. "What I heard was 'various groups.' And I don't mind disavowing anybody and I disavowed David Duke."
Just one day earlier, Trump's purportedly "very bad earpiece" allegedly forced him to say this during a CNN interview:
"I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. 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."
Of course, Duke's co-sign doesn't mark Trump's first collision with white supremacy. In August 2015, Duke—a vocal Holocaust denier—gave an even more glowing endorsement of Trump's rhetoric by dubbing the former reality TV star "the best of the lot." According to Duke, Trump is the only candidate focused on the "greatest immediate threat" to Americans.
For further unsettling elements of white supremacy related to Trump's terrifying successful presidential campaign, look no further than his own Twitter account. On multiple (equally baffling) occasions, Trump has tweeted or retweeted Nazi-related imagery and rhetoric to his millions of followers.