Anti-Defamation League: Trump Must Speak Out Against David Duke

AP

The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday called on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to distance himself from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

The organization’s CEO, Jonathan A. Greenblatt, wrote in a letter published on the organization’s website that Duke’s most recent remarks on Jews were “as unsurprising as they are hateful.”

“The onus is now on Donald Trump to make unequivocally clear he rejects those sentiments and that there is no room for Duke and anti-Semitism in his campaign and in society,” Greenblatt wrote. “Mr. Trump can and should speak up now. If not, his silence will speak volumes.”

The ADL’s letter came after Duke said Wednesday on his radio program that Trump had taken on the “Jewish supremacists who control our country” after becoming the GOP’s presumptive nominee with a win in the Indiana primary.

“If we don’t depose the Jews, there is no hope for our people,” Duke said, adding that Jewish people “control” the media and academia. “I’m not saying that Trump has to, but we’ve got to.”

Trump said he disavowed Duke’s support at a campaign rally in late February. But he’s taken a softer stance in other interviews, including refusing to distance himself from Duke just a few days later.

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