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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a surrogate for Marco RubioMarco RubioSenators introduce new Iran sanctions Senate intel panel has not seen Nunes surveillance documents: lawmakers With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder MORE's presidential campaign, went after Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcCain says he hasn't met with Trump since inauguration Mulvaney: Let states figure out 'essential health benefits' How President Trump can restore sanity to America's labor laws MORE on Monday after the GOP front-runner waved off questions about the Ku Klux Klan.
Haley referenced the debate last summer over removing the Confederate symbol from the South Carolina statehouse following a mass shooting at an historic African-American church in Charleston by a white gunman pictured in photos holding a Confederate flag.
"The KKK came to South Carolina from out of state to protest on our statehouse grounds. We saw and looked at true hate in the eyes last year in Charleston," Haley said, speaking alongside Rubio at a rally in Atlanta.
"I will not stop until we fight a man that chooses not to disavow the KKK," Haley continued. "That is not a part of our party, that is not who we want as president. We we allow not allow that in our country.""I know nothing about David Duke, I know nothing about white supremacists," Trump told CNN.
Trump has faced much condemnation from Republican rivals and party figures, including Mitt Romney, stemming from a CNN interview Sunday where Trump claimed ignorance about former KKK grand wizard David Duke, who last week encouraged his radio listeners to vote for Trump.
Trump had brushed off a question about the backing of Duke during a press conference Friday — "I disavow, OK?" — and on Monday blamed a faulty earpiece amid uproar over his comments to CNN.
Rubio and Ted CruzTed CruzHow 'Big Pharma' stifles pharmaceutical innovation AIPAC must reach out to President Trump Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support MORE are battling Trump on the eve of Super Tuesday, when a dozen states including several in the South hold voting in the GOP contest where Trump is a favorite for the nomination.