Master salesman and walking Reality TV show Donald Trump curiously feigned political amnesia Sunday on the topic of American nationalist, antisemitic, white supremacist, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and all-around icky guy, David Duke:
- The Donald knew the Duke back in 2000;
- The Donald denounced the Duke in 2000;
- The Donald disavowed the Duke in 2015;
- But the Donald refused to denounce the Duke on CNN’s Sunday show with Jake Tapper;
- The Donald avoided denouncing the KKK’s recent and highly-publicized endorsement of him by feigning confusion over the question and blaming a “bad earpiece”.
So what gives? Why would Trump act so obtuse over such an inflammatory issue? Lots of pundits are scratching their heads, calling it “inexplicable“.
To me the answer is simple: Trump wants to win the Cracker Vote, and conventional wisdom is that most of those are concentrated in the southern states voting on Super Tuesday. And he needs just one more day of media confusion and double-speak to get past Super Tuesday without upsetting his Cracker Constituency.
After March 1, look for the Donald to morph back again into the Anti-Establishment populist candidate to sell his oh-so-unique brand of American bravado, denouncing racism, David Duke, or anyone else necessary in order to win the March 15th winner-take all states. He proudly boasts he will lie — change to “be anything” — to win votes, whether that means feigning ignorance about David Duke to get The Cracker Vote or waffling regarding federal funding of Planned Parenthood (an abortion industry founded in racism) to get the Abortion Vote.
Despite all media spin to the contrary, the GOP since its earliest days has stood for racial equality, defending all life regardless of color. The GOP advances candidates who do not support these basic planks in its platform at its peril. Trump’s dissembling to avoid alienating KKK supporters should be a deal breaker because it calls his conviction to Republican values into question.
All the GOP candidates took a vow to support the eventual nominee. That vow was premised on the fundamental assumption that each candidate would campaign truthfully during the race. Trump’s campaign lies break all vows.
Thus, the GOP candidates are not bound by their vow to support Trump. And neither should the GOP support Trump if it knows what’s good for it. It is time the GOP denounce Donald Trump.