US Republican leaders condemn bigotry, but won't talk about Donald Trump

In ratcheting up the rhetoric, Romney cast his lot with a growing chorus of anxious Republican leaders - people many Trump supporters view as establishment figures - in trying to slow the NY real estate mogul's momentum.

The day of Donald Trump's greatest electoral triumph was disturbed by the creaking sound of a breaking coalition - with more traditional Republicans talking about bolting. "And so you're asking me a question that I'm supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about". But I'm not sure there was much of a choice.

When you are endorsed in the same week by David Dukes, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, and the rabidly anti-Semitic black preacher Louis Farrakhan, that would surely be enough to destroy your political campaign. If so it was a awful stereotyping of whites in the south who have overwhelmingly moved on from the Ku Klux Klan. At the time, Trump's rating in national polls was twice his closet rival's, according to Reuters/Ipsos data.

Pesidential candidate Donald Trump defended his refusal to repudiate white supremacist groups by comparing them to Jewish charities - a claim that the Anti-Defamation League denounced as obscene.

That civil rights connection took on new significance a couple of days after Trump's tirade as he hemmed and hawed his way through an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.

O'Reilly, of course, blamed the media for jumping on Trump.

A contested convention makes for very exciting speculation (personally, I find myself trembling with giddy anticipation at the thought of Romney on the trail again) and it seems like a source of consolation for party officials who would rather slam their own heads in a vehicle door than see Trump at the top of the ballot.

On Thursday, he called Duke a "bad person".

Rubio added that Trump was lying when he said he didn't know who Duke is. "This is not company I wish to keep". Yet if the GOP embraces a Trump nomination, any denouncement of hate groups will be proved to be empty gestures, those groups will be further bolstered, and the party will be tarnished for generations. "They're like this. And you know what they say about men with small hands".

"He blames this one on the earpiece, but I think he should take some responsibility for the mouthpiece - also, maybe the hairpiece", he said. I would have to look. And in all fairness to groups there may be a group that shouldn't be disavowed. So, give me a list of the groups, and I will let you know. I know him from seeing your show. I don't know him from the standpoint I never met him.

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, who is up for re-election, told reporters, "I'll support the ticket and I'm not endorsing anyone". One would hope that Trump's non-denouncement would lead to more Republicans reconsidering the answer to that question. An online Bloomberg Politics poll released February 25 showed Trump was backed by 37 percent of likely Republican presidential primary voters in the seven states surveyed, while Rubio and Cruz were tied at 20 percent. A public figure, which Trump is, already has the right to sue and "win big" when someone has published false or malicious statements about him.

"...Encouraging people to begin to speak frankly and honestly about some of the issues we must talk about if we're going to survive as a nation and as a people."

"If we're going to do a selection where some party bosses get together, and they close the doors, lock the doors and make the decision for us, then don't waste our time by making us go through this long, lengthy, grueling process called an election", Huckabee said. I'll tell you what I meant.

Donald Trump you're better than this. "Voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your heritage", said Duke.

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