Elections

Donald Trump Repudiates David Duke, Says Lee Harvey Oswald Acted Alone

During an interview on Bloomberg TV on Wednesday Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump fielded a series of questions that ranged from ex-KKK leader David Duke to Lee Harvey Oswald to his favorite Bible verse.

In the interview, conducted by Bloomberg hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, Trump was asked to respond to a statement Duke made on his radio show on Tuesday that the billionaire was “the best of the lot” in the presidential field.

Trump said he barely knew who Duke was but that he didn’t want or need his support.

“I don’t need his endorsement. I certainly wouldn’t want his endorsement. I don’t need anybody’s endorsement,” Trump said.

Asked by Heilemann whether he would repudiate Duke, Trump said “sure, I would do that if it made you feel better.”

“I would certainly repudiate — I don’t know anything about him,” he added.

Responding to a question about his opposition to gay marriage, Trump cited his belief in the Bible. Asked by Halperin which verse of the Bible is his favorite, Trump declined to answer saying that his preferences are personal.

“I wouldn’t want to get into it because to me that’s very personal,” he said. “You know, when I talk about the Bible it’s very personal so I don’t want to get into verses.”

“The Bible means a lot to me, but I don’t want to get into specifics,” he added.

Asked by Heilemann whether he’s an “Old Testament guy or a New Testament guy,” Trump said he had no preference.

“Probably equal. I think it’s just an incredible, the whole Bible is incredible,” he said.

Heilemann also asked Trump to weigh in on two historical questions: whether he believes that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy alone and whether he believes Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas over Anita Hill, the woman who accused him of sexual harassment.

“I believe he acted alone,” Trump said of Oswald. “I think he probably acted alone.”

And on the Thomas-Hill affair, Trump said “I really have a lot respect, I like Clarence Thomas a lot. I’ll go with Clarence Thomas.”

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