Election 2016

Colbert: Trump Flubbed the Easiest Test in American Politics

"Will you disavow the KKK?" is not a tricky one to answer.
Today is Super Tuesday, which means the 13 states voting in primaries could decide the election. If the polls are correct, it means that Trump could very well secure the Republican nomination. 
 
"But Trump could have a problem," Stephen Colbert, host of the Late Show, said last night. "This time it's not about something he said, but something he didn't say."
 
This past Sunday, on CNN's State of the Nation, Trump refused to condemn the Ku Klux Klan when asked if he would disavow an endorsement from David Duke, a prominent leader of the racist organization.
 
"You're talking about people I know nothing about," Trump said on CNN's State of the Nation.
 
"I mean, I'm just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan," host Jake Tapper responded.
 
"Yeah, Trump needs to know before condemning David Duke or the KKK; it's not like they're Muslims or born in Mexico," Colbert said.
 
"I recently gave some advice to Hillary Clinton after she could not give a straight answer about whether she'd ever lied to the American people," Colbert said. "I said that that was the easiest question to answer in politics. Well, I would like to apologize. I was wrong. This is the easiest question to answer in American politics. When someone asks you, will you disavow the Ku Klux Klan, just say yes, and start high-fiving your future cabinet."
 
Trump had an answer for why he hesitated; he blamed the earpiece CNN gave him.
 
"Yes, he blames this one on the earpiece, although I think he should take some responsibility for the mouthpiece," Colbert added. "Also maybe the hairpiece."
 
Watch the full segment below:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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