Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has been under fire from liberals and conservatives alike for his refusal to disavow former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, who offered Trump his endorsement last week. During a recent appearance on CNN, Trump was asked repeatedly if he wanted to distance himself from the white supremacist, but declined each time.
Now, he's blaming a faulty ear piece for his repeated refusals to take a stand against Duke. On NBC’s Today Show Monday, he recounted, “I’m sitting in a house in Florida with a very bad ear piece that they gave me… and you can hardly hear what he was saying.”
The flap prompted criticism from his GOP rivals Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and many others, with Rubio even going so far as to say that Trump "came up with multiple excuses, but it remains that Donald Trump refused to denounce the KKK three times yesterday, and that makes him unfit to be president.”
During his appearance on Today, Trump added that he did, in fact, disavow Duke’s support during a news conference Friday. “Now I go and I sit down again, I have a lousy ear piece that is provided by them. And frankly, he talked about group. He also talked about groups. And I have no problem disavowing groups but I’d at least like to know who they are.”
When Trump was asked about the support of the former KKK grand wizard, Trump said, “I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know.”
To drive home his point, Trump tweeted out an answer to a similar question in which he states, “I disavow, OK?”
The presidential hopeful was recently put on blast by Wendy Williams after Pope Francis questioned his faith.