Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said Tuesday he didn’t hesitate to disavow an endorsement from a former Ku Klux Klan leader but he needed to check out what “group” he was associated with before responding.
Amid a rash of Super Tuesday wins, Trump said he repeatedly disavowed the endorsement from former Louisiana state represenative David Duke, but nobody seemed to listen.
“Now, right after the program we’re talking about, and I thought it was clear, but we’re talking about groups, groups, groups, I do have to know the name of the group because who knows. They have to give me the name of the group,” Trump, flanked by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, said in a press conference in Palm Beach, Florida.
“Right after, when I reviewed it, I put out a tweet and I put out on Facebook that I totally disavow,” the billionaire said. “Now, everybody knows I did that but the press refused to look at it.”
Trump said he disavowed the endorsement again Tuesday morning on ABC News in an interview with George Stephanopoulos.
“I mean, how many times am I supposed to disavow?” he said. “Hopefully it’s the final time I have to do it.”
Trump dodged an opportunity to condemn Duke’s endorsement during a Sunday interview on CNN and claimed he knew nothing about the endorsement or Duke.