Tim ScottTim ScottGOP senator: Kaepernick protest 'a drastic mistake' GOP senators ask watchdog to examine Gitmo site surveys spending Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE, the only black Republican in the Senate, waded into the controversy over Donald TrumpDonald TrumpReport: German gov't thinks Trump would wreck US economy Financial group apologizes for Giuliani's 'unscripted' event speech: report Gingrich: 'No excuse ever' for 3 a.m. tweeting 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 GardnerState official hints more Chinese firms being probed for N. Korean ties GOP senators ask watchdog to examine Gitmo site surveys spending GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase 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 SandersWar over the estate tax returns The 'Overton Window' and how Trump won the nomination with it Clinton critiques Sanders fans in leaked audio MORE (@BernieSanders) February 28, 2016