In a Conversation About White Supremacists Donald Trump Won't Condemn the KKK

Donald Trump refuses to condemn the KKK and also quotes Mussolini in a tweet.

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Now that we're approaching election time, candidates are getting their endorsements right and left. Lindsay Lohan came out in support of Hillary Clinton, Aaron Carter tweeted his respect for Donald Trump, and now Trump has another supporter—former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke. The Republican front runner, however, has refused to condemn the endorsement. 

During his appearing on CNN's State of the Union, host Jake Tapper brought up white supremacists and mentioned the endorsement Trump recently received from notorious Ku Klux Klan member David Duke. While obviously controversial, Trump refused to say anything condemning Duke, the group, or the actions and beliefs held by white supremacists in general. Instead, he appeared confused by Tapper's questioning.

"I don't know what group you're talking about. You wouldn't want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about," Trump said. "...If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them and certainly I would disavow them if I thought there was something wrong."

Tapper, in turn, continued to press, but Trump asserted that he didn't know enough about the KKK. He then asserted, "I don't know David Duke." While claiming ignorance, Trump did speak of Duke after he briefly considered running for President back in 2000 under the Reform Party, a party that Duke was associated with. At that time, however, Trump was certainly speaking against the figure. 

In addition to this situation, Trump also turned heads after tweeting a quote from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini

"@ilduce2016: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.” – @realDonaldTrump #MakeAmericaGreatAgain"

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Trump addressed the tweet and said, "It's OK to know it was Mussolini. Look, Mussolini was Mussolini. ... It's a very good quote. It's a very interesting quote."

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