Joe Scarborough, former Republican Congressman and current co-host of Morning Joe, lambasted Donald Trump on Monday after he refused to denounce or disavow the Ku Klux Klan and its former Grand Wizard, David Duke, after they endorsed the GOP front-runner.
Duke recently told his followers, “voting against Donald Trump at this point, is really treason to your heritage.”[RELATED: Trump Will Bring ‘People Together’ By Overturning Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling]
When asked three separate times by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday morning to renounce the endorsement he’s received from Duke and other KKK supporters, Trump, insisted he did not know about the KKK.
“I don’t know anything about David Duke,” Trump told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.
“I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with ‘white supremacy’ or ‘white supremacists,'” he claimed. “I know nothing about white supremacists.”
“You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about?” he added. “I have to look.”
After showing the clip of Trump’s comments, Scarborough said: “It’s breathtaking. That is disqualifying right there. To say you don’t know about the Ku Klux Klan? You don’t know about David Duke? And the most stunning thing is … this isn’t buying him a single vote.”
“I mean is he really so stupid that he thinks Southerners aren’t offended by the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke? Is he really so ignorant of Southern voters that he thinks this is the way to their heart — to go neutral, to play Switzerland when you’re talking about the Klan?” Scarborough asked. “And to say he doesn’t know enough information about the Klan to condemn them — exactly what does Donald Trump expect to learn in the next 24 hours about the Klan,” Scarborough asked.[RELATED: Ex-Mexican President Fox To Trump: ‘I’m Not Going To Pay For That F*cking Wall’]
Trump has since disavowed David Duke and his endorsement:
As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke- I disavow. pic.twitter.com/OIXFKPUlz2
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2016
The billionaire businessman said he was unable to hear the question due to a bad earpiece.
“I don’t mind disavowing David Duke,” Trump told NBC’s “Today” show. “I disavowed David Duke the day before at a press conference. They were there, CNN was there, and they gave me a lousy earpiece.”[RELATED: New York Times Slams Trump’s Mocking Of Physically Handicapped Reporter As ‘Outrageous’]