"I hate seeing what it represents": Forgetful Donald Trump disavowed David Duke in 1991

In 1991, Trump described David Duke just as many describe the billionaire today

Published February 29, 2016 11:04PM (EST)

Donald Trump (AP)
Donald Trump (AP)

Former-KKK Grand Wizard David Duke is just a drop in the bucket of controversial Donald Trump endorsers.

And, up until this weekend, Trump was doing well for himself spewing white nationalist talking points to the slack-jawed.

The Donald didn't do himself any favors with the beltway, though, when he pretended not to know who David Duke is.

Even Trump's most unabashed media bedfellow, Joe Scarborough, trashed Donald's ham-handed effort to "play Switzerland" so as to not offend Southern voters.

"Is he really so stupid that he thinks Southerners aren't offended by the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke?" the "Morning Joe" host said today during an on-air rant, in which he also called Trump's Duke-neutrality "disqualifying."

And if you're as dumb as Donald Trump and think maybe he doesn't know who David Duke is, the Internet is here to smack some irrefutable sense into you.

According to a Media Matters report, Trump guested on "Larry King Live" in 1991, shortly after Duke's unsuccessful run for Louisiana governor. Asked his thoughts on Duke receiving 55% of the white vote in the state, Trump answered:

"I hate seeing what it represents, but I guess it just shows there's a lot of hostility in this country. There's a tremendous amount of hostility in the United States.


"It's anger. I mean, that's an anger vote. People are angry about what's happened. People are angry about the jobs. If you look at Louisiana, they're really in deep trouble."


By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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