Donald Trump’s history of talking about David Duke and white …

On Sunday, Donald Trump dodged repeated questions about the former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, who endorsed him last week. Today, Trumps blaming an earpiece and insisting he still doesnt know much about the countrys most infamous white supremacist.

Amid a presidential bid marked by the candidates racially charged statements about blacks and Latinos not to mention Trumps promise to ban Muslims from entering the country his refusal to condemn Duke has sparked outrage and condemnation. And despite Trumps assertion that he doesnt know anything about white supremacists and Duke, hes been asked again and again aboutDuke and other white supremacists for months. Further, hes been talking about Duke for years.

RELATED:Who is David Duke, the white supremacist who endorsed Donald Trump?

Heres a look at everything hes said about the Klan, David Duke and those who find inspiration in messages of white supremacy.

February 29, 2016, interview with TODAYs Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer:I had a lousy earpiece

Morning Joe , 2/29/16, 7:25 AM ET

While speaking on the TODAY Show, 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump discusses the controversy over David Dukes endorsement.

TRUMP: First of all, he talked about David Duke and other groups, he talked about other groups

GUTHRIE: But you said three times I dont know who David Duke is

TRUMP: No, no, well, I know who he is, but I never met David Duke, so when you talk about it, Ive never met David Duke.

GUTHRIE: But in 2000 you refused to run on the Reform Party platform because David Duke was a member of it.

TRUMP: I disavowed him a day before in a major press conference, and Im saying to myself, how many times do I have to continue to disavow people, and the question was asked about David Duke and various groups, and I dont know who the groups are he was unable to tell me that.

GUTHRIE: He said he was just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, and you said, Honestly, I dont know David Duke.

TRUMP: Well, let me tell you, Im sitting in a house in Florida with a very bad earpiece they gave me, and well, what I heard was various groups. And I dont mind disavowing anybody, and I disavowed David Duke, and I disavowed him the day before at a major news conference now I go and I sit down again, and I have a lousy earpiece that is provided by them, and frankly, he talked about groups, and I have no problem disavowing groups, but I have to know who they are. It would be very unfair to disavow a group if the group shouldnt be disavowed. But I disavowed David Duke I disavowed David Duke all weekend long, on Facebook and Twitter, and its not enough.

February 28, 2016, Twitter: I disavow

February 27, 2016, interview with CNNs Jake Tapper: I dont know anything about David Duke, OK?

TAPPER: I want to ask you about the Anti-Defamation League, which this week called on you to publicly condemn unequivocally the racism of former KKK grand wizard David Duke, who recently said that voting against you at this point would be treason to your heritage.Will you unequivocally condemn David Duke and say that you dont want his vote or that of other white supremacists in this election?

TRUMP: Well, just so you understand, I dont know anything about David Duke. OK? I dont know anything about what youre even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I dont know. I dont know, did he endorse me or whats going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so youre asking me a question that Im supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.

TAPPER: Would you say unequivocally that you condemn them and you dont want their support?

TRUMP: Well, I have to look at the group. I mean, I dont know what group youre talking about.You wouldnt want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I would have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them. And certainly, I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong.

TAPPER: The Ku Klux Klan?

TRUMP: But you may have groups in there that are totally fine, and it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups, and I will let you know.

TAPPER: OK. I mean, Im just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, but

TRUMP: I dont know any honestly, I dont know David Duke. I dont believe I have ever met him. Im pretty sure I didnt meet him. And I just dont know anything about him.

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February 26, 2016, press conference: I disavow

TRUMP: I didnt know he endorsed me, I disavow.

February 25, 2016, interview with NBC News in spin room after Republican debate: I disavow

TRUMP: I disavow it, but I didnt know that.

January 2016, Twitter: Retweets galore

Trump routinely retweets Twitter users with ties to white supremacists, most memorably tweeting a photoshopped mockery of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush posted by a user with the name WhiteGenocideTM.

A social media analytics firm surveyed 21 recent users whod received Trump retweets in January and found that nearly a third were well-known white supremacist Twitter accounts, while nearly two-thirds were users following at least three accounts who used a well-known white supremacist hashtag.

December 29, 2015, press gaggle in Iowa: Duke is wrong

REPORTER: David Duke says youre more extreme than him in many ways.

TRUMP: Well, Ill tell you what, Im somebody thats extremely inclusive. I want people to get along. We have a president thats dividing our country, terribly dividing our country, and Im going to bring people together, and youre going to see some wonderful things happening with our country.

REPORTER: So is David Duke wrong?

TRUMP: David Duke certainly would be wrong.

September 22, 2015, interview with the New York Times: His fathers alleged arrest at a KKK rally in Queens, New York

NYT: Have you seen this story about police arresting a Fred Trump who lived at that Devonshire address in 1927 after a Ku Klux Klan rally turned violent?

TRUMP: Totally false. We lived on Wareham. The Devonshire I know there is a road Devonshire, but I dont think my father ever lived on Devonshire.

NYT: The Census shows that he lived there with your mother there. But regardless, you never heard about that story?

TRUMP: It never happened. And by the way, I saw that it was one little website that said it. It never happened. And they said there were no charges, no nothing. Its unfair to mention it, to be honest, because there were no charges. They said there were charges against other people, but there were absolutely no charges, totally false.Somebody showed me that website it was a little website, and somebody did that. By the way, did you notice that there were no charges? Well, if there are no charges, that means it shouldnt be mentioned.

Because my father, there were no charges against him, I dont know about the other people involved. But there were zero charges against him. So assuming it was him I dont even think it was him, I never even heard about it. So its really not fair to mention. It never happened.

August 20, 2015, after a Latino man was beaten: Trump says supporters are passionate

Trump said the beating would be a shame, before adding, I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country, and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.

February 19, 2000, op-ed for The New York Times: Not company I wish to keep.

TRUMP: Although I am totally comfortable with the people in the New York Independence Party, I leave the Reform Party to David Duke, Pat Buchanan and Lenora Fulani. That is not company I wish to keep.

February 14, 2000, interview with NBC on a rumored presidential run with the Reform Party: A bigot, a racist, a problem

TRUMP: Well, youve got David Duke just joined a bigot, a racist, a problem. I mean, this is not exactly the people you want in your party. Buchanans a disaster, as weve, you know, covered. Jesses a terrific guy who just left the party. And he, you know, its unfortunate, but he just left the party. Hes going to be doing his Independence Party from Minnesota. And hes a terrific guy and a terrific governor, and hes got a great future. And Ive always said, Matt, that I would run if I thought I could win, and in order to win

LAUER: Not only the nomination, but the presidency.

TRUMP: the whole thing. I dont want to get 20 percent of the vote, I think I could, and I know I could get the nomination. New York wants me. Texas wants me. Many of the states want me. And theyre, you know, theyre rather devastated because they dont like the alternatives. I always said, and I said to you if you can win the whole thing, you can only win the whole thing with a totally unified party.

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