As the Republican presidential campaign continues to intensify in terms of below-the-belt punches, Donald Trump finds himself in a new controversy, for something he is criticized for NOT doing: disavowing former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke for endorsing him.
But here’s what really happened: technically, Duke didn’t “endorse” Trump, but said Trump is the best of the lot – which for all practical purposes sounds like an endorsement by default.
But the notion that Trump didn’t disavow Duke’s endorsement on Sunday, Feb. 28 discounts the fact that Trump did so two days earlier, on Friday, Feb. 26 as evidenced by this video: http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/trump-disavows-former-kkk-leader-david-dukes-support#.kq9JpJpW9
Not only did Trump disavow Duke, but his answer “I disavow, OK?” evoked utter irritation. Trump clearly showed he was annoyed by the question, by the absurdity that by not disavowing it would mean he supports White Supremacy and violence and oppression against nonwhites, and so Trump’s attitude conveyed a message which, if put into words, might have been: “stop wasting my time with ridiculous questions, I have more important things to talk about.”
As to his failure to disavow Duke subsequently, in a February 28 CNN interview, Trump attributed it to a faulty earpiece he was given for the interview. His critics, including some opponents on the campaign trail, dismissed Trump’s remark as a convenient and untruthful explanation. Again, that ignores the clear disavowing on February 26.
Trump’s response on February 29 was: “how many times do I have to continue to disavow people?”
The larger question is: why is The National Herald one of the few media outlets to present all sides of the story?