Tim Scott on Trump’s refusal to repudiate David Duke, KKK: ‘We cannot trust him to stand up for America’

Tim Scott

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is questioning what kind of president Donald Trump would make after he refused Sunday to immediately condemn an endorsement from a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard.

Trump made news early Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union by failing to distance himself from the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. David Duke, a white nationalist and former KKK grand wizard, and the support of groups such as the KKK.

“I don’t know anything about David Duke,” Trump told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “I know nothing about white supremacists.”

Scott, in a statement issued Sunday, said “any candidate who cannot immediately condemn a hate group like the KKK does not represent the Republican Party, and will not unite it.”

“If Donald Trump can’t take a stand against the KKK, we cannot trust him to stand up for America against Putin, Iran or ISIS,” he said. “If our party is serious about winning the White House and getting America back on track, it’s time to support the conservative candidate who will win: Marco Rubio.”

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