Trump: 'David Duke is a bad person'
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE on Thursday denounced former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, whose support has dogged the Republican presidential front-runner for a week.

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"David Duke is a bad person who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years," Trump said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

Trump suggested the story was old, mentioning he had disavowed Duke in multiple media appearances previously, stating, "Do you want me to do it for a 12th time?"

Duke encouraged listeners of his radio show last week to support Trump, leading to accusations that Trump was the candidate supported by white supremacists.

Trump brushed off the support in a press conference late last week, but over the weekend dodged questions on whether he would disavow Duke and the KKK.

The apparent waffling from Trump brought condemnation from party figures including Mitt Romney and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcCarthy faces pushback from anxious Republicans over interview comments Pelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats MORE (R-Wis.).