Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

Following Trump's interview over the weekend in which he avoided disavowing former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said that the Republican presidential frontrunner just doesn't quite understand how to express his beliefs.

"I think it's up to us to make it clear that we don't tolerate those types of racist organizations and I don't know many people who would believe that we do," Hatch said on Tuesday when discussing how Republican lawmakers should approach Trump's comments, like those he made regarding the KKK, according to CNN. "I think deep down, I don't think Donald Trump tolerates it either. I think he is just inexperienced in expressing himself at things like that."

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In a joint editorial published on Tuesday, six New Jersey newspapers called on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to resign, citing his decision to endorse Donald Trump after dropping out of the presidential race.

"We’re disgusted with his endorsement of Donald Trump after he spent months on the campaign trail trashing him, calling him unqualified by temperament and experience to be president," the editorial from six Gannett-owned papers reads.

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CNN contributors Van Jones and Jeffrey Lord, a Donald Trump supporter, on Tuesday night engaged in a fierce debate over the Ku Klux Klan and Donald Trump after Lord declared that the KKK is a "leftist terrorist organization."

The argument began when Jones slammed Trump for a Sunday interview during which the Republican presidential frontrunner avoided disavowing former KKK leader David Duke.

"He is whipping up, and tapping into, and pushing buttons that are very, very frightening to me and frightening to a lot of people. No. 1: When he is playing funny with the Klan, that is not cool," Jones said, referring to Trump. "The Klan is a terrorist organization."

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CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday night asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who ended up winning just one state on Super Tuesday, whether he was in denial about his chances in the Republican presidential primary. Rubio, of course, denied that he is in denial.

Tapper began the election night interview by telling Rubio that it was "not a great night for you."

"The past week you’ve been relentlessly hammering Donald Trump. Tonight, he won state after state after state. Is it possible that your quarrel is not so much with Donald Trump as it is with Republican primary voters?" Tapper asked.

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With Donald Trump roiling Republican politics, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) felt the need on Tuesday to "condemn" David Duke, the KKK, and racism on behalf of Senate Republicans.

McConnell made the comments to reporters on Capitol Hill after Trump's Sunday interview in which he avoided disavowing Duke.

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Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs on Monday night theorized that the New York Times, Buzzfeed News, and the Republican Party worked together to use a report of Donald Trump's off-the-record meeting with the New York Times to hurt the Republican frontrunner at the polls on Super Tuesday.

"The effort required the alignment of quite a string of institutions and folks. It involved the alignment of The New York Times, Buzzfeed.com, Trump's two principle rivals Cruz and Rubio," Dobbs said on his show, referring to a Buzzfeed report that the New York Times has a recording of Trump indicating that his views on immigration could be flexible.

"Now, we don't know whether Trump knew there was a recording. We don't really know for sure that they have a recording. But Buzzfeed says so," Dobbs continued.

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), a supporter of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), said Monday that he will not support Donald Trump because he is "an adulterer" but seemed to hedge on whether he would vote for Trump if he were the nominee.

"Donald Trump is an adulterer. I don’t support people who support adultery," Brooks said on MSNBC. "And I don’t trust people who are serial adulterers, as Donald Trump has been and bragged about in writing, because I don’t think that’s an honorable thing or trait in a person."

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Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, on Monday suggested that he was worried that if Donald Trump becomes the Republican presidential nominee, he could negatively effect some Republicans up for re-election in 2016.

"We can't have a nominee be an albatross around the down-ballot races," Cornyn told CNN when asked if he was worried about Trump becoming the nominee. "That's a concern of mine."

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Monday night continued to dismiss Donald Trump's Sunday interview during which he avoided disavowing former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, suggesting that there may be some truth to Trump's claim that his earpiece wasn't working well.

During an interview on Fox News, Huckabee told Megyn Kelly that Trump "has repeatedly disavowed David Duke" and the KKK. When Kelly pressed him on when Trump disavowed them, Huckabee pointed to Trump's comments at a Friday rally and on social media.

"I just don’t think that Donald Trump has given any indication that he’s supportive of the Ku Klux Klan," Huckabee said.

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