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Donald Trump says he rebukes David Duke's Louisiana Senate campaign 'as fast as you can say it'

Trump indicated he'd back a Democrat over Duke, 'depending on who the Democrat (is)'

Philadelphia CNN  — 

Donald Trump said Sunday he rebukes the support of David Duke, the white supremacist who recently launched a Senate campaign in Louisiana, who said he was inspired by Trump’s nomination.

But would he support a Democrat over Duke if that’s what it took to keep the former Ku Klux Klan leader from winning?

“I guess, depending on who the Democrat (is) – but the answer would be yes,” Trump told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press.”

Trump said he wanted to make clear that he rebukes Duke “as quick as you can say it.”

“Because last time with another person in this position, I did it very quickly. And they said, ‘He didn’t do it fast enough,’ ” Trump said. “Rebuked. Is that OK? Rebuked, done.”

His reference to “last time” was an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” in February.

“Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Trump had said.

Trump was pressed three times by Tapper on whether he would distance himself from support from the Ku Klux Klan.

“I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” Trump said then. “So I don’t know. I don’t know – did he endorse me, or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke; I know nothing about white supremacists.”

He later blamed his answer on a “bad earpiece.”

Later on Sunday Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, also denounced Duke, over Twitter.

“Well said @realDonaldTrump on #MTP. There will never be a place in our party for that man or his hateful rhetoric.”