Donald Trump, after a blistering attack by John Oliver last night, stated this morning that he disavows the endorsement he received from Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, claiming the whole mess was a misunderstanding due to a faulty earpiece. During a CNN interview earlier this week, Donald Trump was asked by anchor Jake Tapper whether or not he disavows or rejects the endorsement of the one-time grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke. Trump's reply was that he'd never heard of David Duke, and he didn't know anything about him or his ties to white supremacist movements in the U.S., reports Time.
This morning, however, Donald Trump released a statement condemning David Duke after he was publicly caught in a lie by numerous media outlets this past week, including a particularly incisive attack from HBO's John Oliver last night. Trump says he simply didn't hear Jake Tapper's question, that his earpiece was on the fritz, and he could barely make out what Tapper was saying during the CNN interview, reports Bloomberg.
"I sit down and I have a lousy earpiece provided by them, what I heard was 'various groups.' I have no problem disavowing groups but I'd at least like to know who they are. It'd be very unfair disavowing a group if they shouldn't be disavowed," Trump told NBC's Today this morning.