Megyn Kelly, Mike Huckabee (Credit: Fox News)

Megyn Kelly shames Mike Huckabee into admitting he "simply doesn't know" why Trump didn't disavow David Duke and the KKK

"He has disavowed on Friday, he disavowed today," Huckabee said, "I simply don't know" why he didn't Sunday


Scott Eric Kaufman
March 1, 2016 7:31PM (UTC)

Also on "The Kelly File" Monday evening, Megyn Kelly spoke to former Arkansas governor and current Trump supporter Mike Huckabee, asking him why other Republicans aren't condemning Donald Trump in the kind of strong language the otherwise milquetoast Mitt Romney used on Twitter:

Huckabee professed to be "amazed" by Romney's rhetoric, especially in light of the fact that Trump has "repeatedly disavowed David Duke, disavowed the Klan. I don't think anybody seriously is suggesting that he is giving a wink and a nod at the KKK," even though his failure to condemn the organization immediately prior to Super Tuesday has been seen by many as being exactly that.

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"They're a deplorable, disgusting, abominable entity," he added, as if he's never heard of political dog-whistles. "I just don't know of anybody who embraces them anymore except for a handful crazy people."

Kelly replied that "the very point you're making -- that it's such a no-brainer -- is what makes his response to Jake Tapper so confusing to many. Governor, you know what he heard. He repeated back 'David Duke' and 'white supremacists' to Jake Tapper so you at least know he heard that."

"He has disavowed Friday, he disavowed today," Huckabee replied. "I don't know why he didn't say it as clearly on Sunday to Jake Tapper. I simply don't know."

Watch the entire interview below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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