|Jake Tapper questioning Donald Trump Sunday|
Trump said it was a bad earpiece so he didn't hear the question right. But, Trump repeated the relevant parts of the question including "David Duke" three times and said four times he didn't know anything about Duke.
Well just so you understand I don’t know anything about David Duke. Okay. I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know. I mean I don’t know. Did he endorse me? Or what’s going on. Because you know I nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about. . . . I don’t know, honestly I don’t know David Duke. I don’t believe I’ve ever met him. I’m pretty sure I didn’t meet him. And I just don’t know anything about him.Others say Trump was pandering to those with anti-black sentiment in the South because of the primaries today in old Confederate states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Still others counter that Trump has never shown racist tendencies.
What to make of this? It's clear by Trump's response that if he had a bad earpiece he still clearly heard David Duke's name and the terms "white supremacy" and "white supremacists". And he distinctly said he didn't know anything about David Duke--who two days before he knew enough about to give a curt disavowal to.
What would explain all these factors if he wasn't pandering to white supremacist voters? How about early signs of dementia? Maybe with Jake Tapper he had really forgotten who David Duke was and even the Ku Klux Klan. Trump is 69.
Trump often has problems remembering things. But these are mostly inconvenient facts. So, one assumes he is just lying. For example, Trump claims he was always against the Iraq war and the taking down of dictators like Saddam Hussein and Qaddafi. But, tapes have surfaced of him applauding the success in the Iraq invasion and supporting taking Quaddafi out.
But this David Duke thing is not an inconvenient fact. Trump seems really to have not remembered who David Duke was when he was talking with Jake Tapper.