Another example, as if any were needed, of how Republican professional politicians–and the pundits who love them–have learned absolutely nothing.
Asked around 9:10 a.m. yesterday on CNN’s State of the Union if he would reject the plaudits of white supremacists, Trump replied, “Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay?”
Tapper gave Trump two more opportunities to spurn Duke and his ilk. Trump just repeated himself.
“I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists,” Trump insisted. “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.”
Perhaps Trump’s memory is failing. He knew very well who Duke was in 2000, when Trump explained why he chose not to run for president under the banner of the Reform party, in which conservative commentor Pat Buchanan and liberal activist Lenora Fulani were involved. “The Reform party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani,” Trump declared. “This is not company I wish to keep.”
At 12:35 p.m., Trump took to Twitter to recapitulate something he had told journalists two days earlier, “As I stated at the press conference on Friday regarding David Duke — I disavow.”
But this was way too little, way too late. Trump’s detractors quickly recognized what a pile-up he created. And they pounced.
“We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan,” Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) told a crowd in Loudon County, Virginia. “How are we going to grow our party with a nominee that refuses to condemn the Ku Klux Klan? Don’t tell me he doesn’t know who the Ku Klux Klan is.”
“Any candidate who cannot immediately condemn a hate group like the KKK does not represent the Republican party, and will not unite it,” said Senator Tim Scott (R., S.C.), a Rubio supporter and the first black American to represent a southern state in the Senate since Reconstruction.
“Really sad,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) via Twitter. “Donald Trump you’re better than this. We should all agree, racism is wrong, KKK is abhorrent.”
Looks more to me like Trump just downplayed yet another meaningless gotcha question from a liberal journalist, dismissing it with the rough equivalent of “Eh, who cares?”
And the truth is: who DOES care about Duke and the KKK anymore? Who–besides liberal-media types looking to make another Republican humiliate himself by crawling to their dissonant tune–gives a single shit about the Klan? Both they and Duke are little more than punchlines to a very sad joke by now. Back when the Klan amounted to the armed militia of the southern branch of the Democrat Socialist Party, they had some small clout, sure. And there was a time even further back when they were a very occasional threat to individuals in more backward pockets of the country.
But those days are long since past. Why on earth would anybody be the least bit interested in anything they might have to say now–unless you happen to be a propagandist looking to stir up trouble for a candidate you oppose? They mean nothing. They affect nothing. They influence nothing. They ARE nothing. It’s been a very long time since they amounted to anything more than a handful of drunk yahoos lighting the occasional cross way out in a field someplace where nobody will see ’em, talking big, tough talk about a Race Revolution that just ain’t ever going to come, no matter how many Coors Lights they manage to swill at the monthly klavern konfab.
But McConnell and the rest of his spineless crowd just can’t help themselves. They’re still so terrified of being tarred by the “RACIST!!™” brush they jump like electrified frogs whenever some libtard picks it up and waves it at them.
With his half-bored response, Trump showed exactly what Duke means to him: nothing whatsoever. Duke is a justly-forgotten footnote to history, a dull if disgraceful outlier who hasn’t been any kind of news for decades.
The ironic thing is, some of the very Republicans who angrily accuse Trump of standard-issue Northeastern liberal sympathies are the very ones most apoplectic about his clear disinterest in whatever Duke might be trying to accomplish with his meaningless endorsement. Even they can’t possibly imagine any Northeastern liberal having any truck with Duke at all, in any circumstances, for any reason. So how come they’re so eager to insinuate Trump might harbor such sympathies now?
Because they’re sneaks, cowards, and shitweasels, that’s why. And they still don’t know any better than to leap obediently to their feet and start their little me-too-me-too dance when the Left calls that same old tired tune–every single time.
The correct response to any such charge from any blithering Left idiot has always been a Trump-like shrug and a half-hearted “meh.” Because no answer any conservative can ever give will placate the libtards one iota–their base assumption is always going to peg the needle at the big red RACIST!!™ detent no matter how vehemently said hapless conservative may protest.
So why bother about it?
A party whose supposed leadership can’t bring itself to sneeringly dismiss obnoxious, thinly-veiled insinuations about irrelevant non-entities like David Duke and the KKK–preferring instead to eagerly bark on command and reinforce those insinuations with their usual groveling subservience–is a party that has entirely earned its perpetual also-ran status. By working themselves into another squealing girlish lather on liberal demand, the GOP establishment demonstrates yet again that they just don’t get it…and they never will.