Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida slammed rival Donald Trump over his Ku Klux Klan gaffe during a rally on Feb. 28 in Purcellville, Virginia (video below).
Earlier in the day, Trump would not disavow support from former KKK leader David Duke during an interview with CNN. Trump also said he didn't know about Duke or white supremacist groups such as the KKK, notes Mediaite.
Rubio told the crowd that Trump "knows exactly who David Duke is."
“We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists, and the Ku Klux Klan, we cannot be a party that does that," Rubio stated. "By the way, not only is that wrong, it makes him unelectable. How are we going to grow our party with a nominee that refuses to condemn the Ku Klux Klan? Don't tell me he doesn't know who the Ku Klux Klan is.”
Trump told the "Today" show on Feb. 29 that he wasn't able to clearly hear questions from CNN about Duke and the KKK, reports The Hill:
"I’m sitting in a house in Florida with a very bad earpiece that they gave me. And you could hardly hear what he was saying. But what I heard was 'various groups.' And I don't mind disavowing anybody, and I disavowed David Duke, and I disavowed him the day before at a major news conference, which is surprising because he was at the major news conference, CNN was at the major news conference.
"And they heard me very easily disavow David Duke. Now, I go and I sit down again, I have a lousy earpiece that is provided by them. And frankly, he talked about groups, he also talked about groups. And I have no problem disavowing groups, but I’d at least like to know who they are. It’d be very unfair disavowing a group, Matt, if they shouldn’t be disavowed."