House Speaker Paul Ryan called out Donald Trump for failing to denounce white supremacists groups over the weekend
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said plainly "Senate Republicans condemn David Duke, the KKK, and his racism."
The two top Republicans in Congress called out Donald Trump on Tuesday for failing to denounce white supremacist groups over the weekend.
“If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games. They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. This party does not prey on people’s prejudices,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Capitol Hill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said plainly, “Senate Republicans condemn David Duke, the KKK, and his racism.”
“There has been a lot of talk in the last 24 hours about one of our presidential candidates and his seeming ambivalence about David Duke and the KKK, so let me make it perfectly clear,” he said. “That is not the view of Republicans who have been elected to the United States Senate, and I condemn his views in the most forceful way.”
Congressional Democrats also seized on the issue Tuesday to argue that Trump’s views represented his party as a whole.
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“The leading Republican presidential candidate’s refusal to disavow the KKK was a breathtaking low-point for our country,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “Yet while Donald Trump’s radical agenda does not reflect the values of the American people, it is a perfect reflection of many in the House Republican Conference.”
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Trump declined to disavow support from David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, claiming he didn’t know anything about the group.
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