The Trump-KKK imbroglio: So much blame, so little time

The mainstream media, apparently now believing in the inevitability of a Trump nomination, are beginning their demolition efforts.  Even though Bernie Sanders has never been asked to disavow the support of the Communist Party USA, Donald Trump is being asked to repudiate a radio endorsement by David Duke of the KKK.  Bloody and violent and hate-filled though the KKK may be, its record is nothing compared to the toll communism has taken on humanity.  And while Sanders honeymooned in the communist USSR, so far as I know, Trump has never visited anything related to the KKK.

But that did not stop the media from trying to hang the Klan around Trump’s neck.  He had already disavowed the support of KKK leader David Duke on Friday...

The mainstream media, apparently now believing in the inevitability of a Trump nomination, are beginning their demolition efforts.  Even though Bernie Sanders has never been asked to disavow the support of the Communist Party USA, Donald Trump is being asked to repudiate a radio endorsement by David Duke of the KKK.  Bloody and violent and hate-filled though the KKK may be, its record is nothing compared to the toll communism has taken on humanity.  And while Sanders honeymooned in the communist USSR, so far as I know, Trump has never visited anything related to the KKK.

But that did not stop the media from trying to hang the Klan around Trump’s neck.  He had already disavowed the support of KKK leader David Duke on Friday...

...when CNN’s Jake Tapper pressed him Sunday on State of the Nation to repeat his disavowal.

For reasons I cannot grasp, Trump, who has bragged about his memory, stated: "Honestly, I don't know David Duke. I don't believe I've ever met him. I'm pretty sure I didn't meet him, and I just don't know anything about him."

This morning on the Today Show, Trump claimed that he was the victim of a faulty earpiece.

Donald Trump tells TODAY's Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie he's "disavowed" former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and blamed a "very bad earpiece" for his earlier inability to repeatedly repudiate the group.

Trump claimed he believed CNN anchor Jake Tapper was asking him about "various groups" and not just the KKK during a Sunday interview.

“I'm sitting in a house in Florida, with a very bad earpiece that they gave me, and you could hardly hear what he was saying," he said. "What I heard was 'various groups.' And I don't mind disavowing anybody and I disavowed David Duke."

It was a bad mistake for Trump to retreat to a posture of not knowing about Duke.  But this media firestorm underway to imply he is a white supremacist is at least as disgusting as his error in speaking during a long-distance interview.  Watching his definitive statement Friday, there is no need beyond harassment to have brought up the subject again.

So much blame to go around.