TRUMP REJECTS DUKE’S ‘KISS OF DEATH’

The other day I posted the following (Click on link)

DAVID DUKE SHOWS HIS TRUE COLOURS

Trump responded with …

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said Thursday he “totally disavows” white supremacist leader David Duke after the latter delivered a rant arguing that Jews controlled America.

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Trump ‘totally disavows’ racist David Duke after anti-Semitic tirade

‘Anti-Semitism has no place in our society,’ Republican contender says as ex-KKK leader rails against ‘Jewish supremacists who control our country’

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said Thursday he “totally disavows” white supremacist leader David Duke after the latter delivered a rant arguing that Jews controlled America.

“Antisemitism has no place [in] our society, which needs to be united, not divided,” Trump said in a statement sent to media outlets, according to The New York Times.

Duke, a former grand wizard of the racist Ku Klux Klan group, used his radio program on Wednesday to lash out at Jewish Republicans who have opposed Trump’s candidacy.

“I think these Jewish extremists have made a terribly crazy miscalculation, because all they’re going to be doing by doing a ‘Never Trump’ movement is exposing their alien, their anti-American, anti-American majority position,” Duke said, according to a report on the broadcast by the Anti-Defamation League.

“They’re going to push people more into an awareness that the neocons are the problem, that these Jewish supremacists who control our country are the real problem, and the reason why America is not great,” Duke added.

The ADL’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called Duke’s comments “as unsurprising as they are hateful,” and said the “onus is now on Donald Trump to make unequivocally clear he rejects those sentiments and that there is no room for Duke and anti-Semitism in his campaign and in society. Mr. Trump can and should speak up now. If not, his silence will speak volumes.”

In a later statement, the ADL “welcomed” Trump’s disavowal.

“While no one should associate Mr. Trump’s own views with David Duke’s hatred,” Greenblatt said after Trump’s comments were published in the media, “it is vital for political leaders to use their bully pulpit to speak out against bigotry. We think it is important that Mr. Trump denounced the anti-Semitism of David Duke and has made clear that he disavows anti-Semitism.”

Duke has praised Trump repeatedly, and urged his followers to vote for him.

Trump has denied he harbors anti-Semitic views, and has often pointed to his own close relationships with Jews, including his Orthodox-convert daughter Ivanka and Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Trump has faced scathing criticism from some quarters, including the ADL, for appearing to avoid criticizing the white supremacist leader in the past. Critics noted that Trump draws a great deal of his support in the Republican primary race from working-class whites, and charged that Trump was avoiding disavowing Duke, among other racist supporters, in order not to alienate supporters.

The Republican race all but ended this week after Trump’s resounding victory in Indiana and the subsequent withdrawal from the race of his two remaining opponents, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

 

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