Dem rep: Trump 'not even sincere about his own bigotry'
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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) on Sunday slammed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE for comments he made last week, noting everything the presumptive GOP presidential nominee says right now is a "suggestion."

"It just goes to prove that he even lies about his own bigotry," Ellison said on ABC's "This Week."

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"He says he doesn’t know who David Duke is. When he, 10 years before, had denounced David Duke. But when it was in his interest to play coy in the Louisiana primary, he acts like, 'Oh, I don't know who David Duke is.' He's not even serious about that."

Trump was asked last week about saying his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country was "just a suggestion."

"Yeah. It was a suggestion," Trump said in response.

"Look, anything I say right now — I'm not the president — everything is a suggestion, no matter what you say, it's a suggestion."

Ellison on Sunday continued to criticize the presumptive GOP nominee for changing his positions on different proposals, referencing Trump's call to ban Muslims from entering the country. He said Trump's proposals are "dangerous."

"He has openly appealed to banning Muslims. He didn't say people from the Muslim world. He said ban Muslims, and now he's acting like, 'Oh, I didn't really quite mean it that way,' " Ellison said.

"He's not even sincere about his own bigotry. And that is his core strength: that he's a truth-teller and authentic. He's neither of those."