Leading up to Super Tuesday, things can get crazy. Candidates are racking up endorsements, throwing out insults and campaigning like mad to win the host of delegates that are up for grabs. With the heightened unpredictability of this election cycle, the chaos has been unprecedented.
The most shocking events have surrounded, without surprise, Donald Trump. On top of what he has done already to the Republican party, his most recent disaster surrounds the support he has been receiving from white supremacists. Several white nationalists have given Trump their support. The “American Freedom Party” and the American National Super PAC organized robo-calls to residents in Iowa and New Hampshire ahead of their respective primaries. Then, on Thursday, February 25, former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke wrote a lengthy post on Facebook endorsing Donald Trump.
Trump’s struggle grew harder when he failed to explicitly disavow Duke in an interview with Jake Tapper on State of the Union over the weekend. In an interview with the Today Show, he blamed a “faulty earpiece” for the confusion. He said that “Now I go and I sit down again, I have a lousy earpiece that is provided by them. And frankly, he talked about groups. He also talked about groups. And I have no problem with disavowing groups but I’d at least like to know who they are.”
Besides the terrible grammar here, we need to see that Trump seems to be evading the issue. But he has no reason to do so. He technically disavowed Duke on Friday, February 26 in a a press conference, and again in a tweet on Sunday, February 28.
Regardless of this technicality, the remaining GOP contenders jumped on the opportunity at their rallies and on Twitter.
But not all Republicans, or even all “conservatives” were ready to dump Trump. Both former Republican nominee Chris Christie, who’s been ruining the Republican Party since 2012, and Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) endorsed Trump over the weekend.
For some reason, and I am really at a loss for what that reason may be, but conservatives, evangelicals, and the establishment don’t seem to be swayed by all this. Maybe Trump was right, after all – he may actually be able to stand up in the middle of 5th Ave. in Manhattan, shoot someone and not lose any voters.