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How the GOP establishment is taking on Donald Trump
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"David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years," Trump said

Trump spoke after being asked about his comments over the weekend on CNN

Washington CNN  — 

Donald Trump issued a crystal clear disavowal Thursday of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke after stumbling last weekend over a question about the hate group leader on CNN.

“David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions over the years,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I disavowed him. I disavowed the KKK,” Trump added. “Do you want me to do it again for the 12th time? I disavowed him in the past, I disavow him now.”

The uproar started on Sunday when Trump was asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” if he would disavow Duke and other white supremacist groups supporting his campaign.

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

The next day, Trump blamed a “bad earpiece” during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show.

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Trump also said Thursday he “may or may not” run as an independent if the Republican establishment continues to revolt against his possible nomination.

“If I leave, if I go, regardless of independent – which I may do, may or may not – but I will tell you these millions of people that joined [the GOP], they’re all coming with me,” Trump said.