Donald Trump disavows David Duke's praise

Republican presidential candidate says he “totally” disavows an anti-Jewish tirade on his behalf by David Duke.


Donald Trump
Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Donald Trump “totally” disavowed an anti-Jewish tirade on his behalf by white supremacist David Duke and said there was no place for anti-Semitism in society.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the real estate magnate “totally disavows” the former Ku Klux Klan leader’s remarks.

“Anti-Semitism has no place in our society, which needs to be united, not divided,” Trump told the newspaper.

Duke on his radio program Wednesday praised Trump’s emergence from the Indiana primary the day before as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee as an opportunity to expose “Jewish supremacists who control our country.”

The Anti-Defamation League had called on Trump to disavow Duke's comments.