(JNS.org) Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he “disavows” comments by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke about “Jewish extremists” in response to criticism by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
“Jewish extremists have made a terribly crazy miscalculation because all they’re really going to be doing by doing the ‘Never Trump’ movement is exposing their alien, their anti-American-majority position to all the Republicans,” Duke said on his radio show on Thursday.
“They’re going to push people more into awareness that the neocons are the problem, that these Jewish supremacists who control our country are the real problem and the reason why America is not great,” he said.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the chief executive of ADL, said that “David Duke’s latest remarks – smearing Jews and Jewish Republicans specifically – are as unsurprising as they are hateful.” He also called on Trump to “to make unequivocally clear he rejects those sentiments” and “speak up now. If not, his silence will speak volumes.”
Trump, who only a few months ago was widely condemned for refusing to explicitly disavow the white supremacist’s support of his candidacy, responded later on Thursday by saying he “totally disavows” Duke’s remarks.
“Anti-Semitism has no place our society, which needs to be united, not divided,” Trump said, the New York Times reported.