Tim ScottTim ScottGOP rep: No ‘artificial crowd’ at my town hall A guide to the committees: Senate Republicans at risk in 2018 steering clear of town halls MORE, the only black Republican in the Senate, waded into the controversy over Donald TrumpDonald TrumpInauguration singer to Trump: Meet with me and my transgender sister The speech that could save Trump's presidency Dakota Access protesters burn camp as deadline to leave looms MORE, David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan on Sunday.
That echoed statements from Rubio on the trail and in a tweet Sunday afternoon — part of a flood his campaign released attacking Trump for his failure to immediately dismiss an endorsement from Duke, a white nationalist.
We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan.— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 28, 2016
Trump disavowed Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard, in a tweet Sunday — but not before stumbling over the issue on CNN’s “State of the Union” earlier in the day. On CNN, Trump said he didn't know anything about Duke or his connections.
"I have to look at the group. I don't know what group you're talking about," he said. "You wouldn't want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about."
Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerSchumer: GOP plan to make Warren the face of Dems 'not going to work' A guide to the committees: Senate Cheney to intro Pence at Jewish GOP event MORE (R-Colo.), in another statement released from the Rubio campaign, said: "The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln, the party that ended slavery. Donald Trump's embrace of the KKK is the clearest demonstration yet that he is not fit to be President.”
Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), released a strongly worded statement through Rubio’s campaign, which said in part: “As someone of the Jewish faith, which has been a target of KKK hate and violence, I am sickened by Donald Trump's failure to condemn the KKK and disavow their support of his campaign.
“I recognize that many Republicans stood with Trump even after he insulted a war hero, mocked the disabled, degraded women and defamed a former Republican President. But Trump's failure to separate himself from David Duke and the KKK crosses the line of any standard of decency.”
On the Democratic side, front-runner Hillary Clinton showed a rare moment of unity with rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), as the two landed on the same side of this issue, with Clinton retweeting a message from Sanders’s account.
America's first black president cannot and will not be succeeded by a hatemonger who refuses to condemn the KKK.— Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders, not Trump, is the real working-class hero Big Pharma must address high drug prices Chafee: Negative coverage of Trump ‘tiresome’ MORE (@BernieSanders) February 28, 2016