Real estate mogul Donald Trump responded to reports that his message is resonating with white supremacists during a Wednesday night interview on Bloomberg’s “With All Due Respect,” saying, “Everyone likes me.”
Longtime white nationalist David Duke praised Trump, specifically the former reality television star’s immigration plan, on his radio show last week.
“So whatever his motivation, I don’t give a damn,” Duke said. “I really like the fact that he’s speaking out on this greatest immediate threat to the American people.”
Despite Duke’s high praises, Trump said he had no idea who the former Ku Klux Klan leader was.
“I don’t need his endorsement. I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement. I don’t need anyone’s endorsement,” Trump told Bloomberg.
Reporter John Heilemann asked if Trump “repudiated” the endorsement.
“Sure,” Trump replied, “if that would make you feel better. I would certainly repudiate. I don’t know anything about him.”
When asked how he felt about people like Duke backing him, Trump responded by saying that “everyone” likes him.
“People like me across the board. Everybody likes me,” Trump said, citing the poll from Public Policy Polling released Tuesday. He led the Republican contest in New Hampshire with 35 percent among usual Republican primary voters.
Trump also proposed both lowering and raising taxes.
“I want to lower taxes for the middle class. I want to lower taxes for people that are making a lot of money who need incentives,” Trump said.
Heilemann clarified if the real estate mogul, who is apparently worth “TEN BILLION DOLLARS,” was proposing to raise taxes on himself.
“That’s right. I’m okay with it. I’m ready, willing—you’ve seen my statements,” Trump said. “I do very well.”
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