Trump disavows support of former KKK leader
WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is stepping back from comments he made over the weekend when he claimed to know nothing about former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke, saying that he couldn't hear the questions clearly.
Trump was asked Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" whether he rejected support for his presidential campaign from the former KKK Grand Dragon and other white supremacists after Duke.
"Well, just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke. OK?" Trump told host Jake Tapper.
On Monday, however, he told NBC's "Today" that he was given a "very bad earpiece" for the interview and that he "disavowed David Duke all weekend long on Facebook and on Twitter."
Marco Rubio is picking up Monday where he left off.
Rubio says Trump's decision not to denounce the public support of former KKK leader David Duke disqualifies him from the nomination from "the party of Lincoln."
Rubio shot back Monday that no matter how bad the earpiece, "'Ku Klux Klan' comes through pretty clearly."
The audience responds to Rubio's attacks with chants of "Dump Trump, dump Trump!"
Rubio trails Trump in polls of Republican voters in Tennessee.