Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump
Published February 28, 2016
ANAHEIM — A Ku Klux Klan (KKK) rally turned into a bloody melee on Saturday in Anaheim, California that left three people stabbed and 13 people arrested. The violence broke out when a counter group arrived to protest the KKK’s rally.
The KKK has a long history of being white extremists, who oppose integration.
On Sunday morning network talk shows, Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, failed to denounce the racist group.
When pressed about the KKK and the endorsement Trump received on Thursday by David Duke, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, he had this exchange with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union”:
Trump: I don’t know what group you’re talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. … If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them and certainly I would disavow them if I thought there was something wrong.
Tapper: The Ku Klux Klan?
Trump: You may have groups in there that are totally fine and it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups and I’ll let you know.
Tapper: I’m just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here.
Trump: Honestly, I don’t know David Duke.
Trump failed to denounce the hate group four times.