The GOP front-runner said on CNN’s “State of the Union” he didn’t know anything about Duke and would need to research his connections before deciding whether he would condemn them.
“I have to look at the group. I don’t know what group you’re talking about,” he said. “You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about.”
Duke told listeners of his radio show last week they should vote for Trump and volunteer for Trump’s campaign. He said voting against Trump at this point would be “treason to your heritage.”
“I think he knows who I am,” Duke said. “But he doesn’t know what I actually stand for today.”
Duke said he’s not endorsing Trump because of differences on Israel and torture, but he plans to vote for Trump and will encourage others to do so as well.