Presidential candidate Donald Trump failed to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and former Grand Wizard David Duke during a CNN interview. Ever since, conservatives have been scrambling to distance themselves from the entire bigoted fiasco, at least, those with any sense at all.
Mitch McConnell has now jumped on the bandwagon as well, declaring that senate Republicans as a whole condemn both Duke and the KKK. On Tuesday, McConnell told reporters that “one of our presidential candidates” over the weekend had conveyed “seeming ambivalence” to Duke, a former leader of the KKK.
Let me make it perfectly clear, Senate Republicans condemn David Duke [and] the KKK,” he said. McConnell then added: “That is not the view of Republicans elected to the United States Senate.
McConnell refused to say more on the subject, citing his personal vow to refrain from commenting on the presidential race.
Members of the GOP have been coming out of the woodwork this week to publicly distance themselves from the party’s bigoted presidential frontrunner failure to condemn the KKK and Duke.
House Speaker Paul Ryan issued the following statement today as well:
If a person wants to be a nominee of the Republican Party there can be no evasion and no games. They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. The Republican Party does not prey on people’s prejudices.
Mitt Romney sent out a tweet on Monday disavowing the KKK and the former Grand Wizard, which drew criticism from Fox News Host Tucker Carlson and conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham, who apparently felt only a bleeding heart liberal would condemn the KKK.
A disqualifying & disgusting response by @realDonaldTrump to the KKK. His coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of America.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 29, 2016
Although at least some Republican politicians may be screaming their condemnation of both Duke and the KKK from the mountain tops, it doesn’t seem like the vast majority of conservative voters feel the same way. To the contrary, Trump’s penchant for racism and bigotry only seem to help him rise further in the polls.
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