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Marco Rubio’s Super PAC goes after Donald Trump on KKK remarks

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One of Marco Rubio’s Super PACS has released a new commercial that blasts Donald Trump for his refusal to disavow ex-Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke during an interview on a Sunday morning talk-show.

The ad from the Conservative Solutions PAC opens with CNN’s Jake Tapper describing how he asked Trump three times whether he would reject the support of Duke and the KKK. The ad then cuts to Trump, saying, “Well, I have to look at the group.”

“Trump refuses to denounce the KKK,” the narrator says. “Think about that? For president?”

PAC officials say the ad, called “Better Way,” will air in states voting in March, as well as and on digital platforms.

After receiving a firestorm of criticism regarding his remarks, Trump went on NBC’s Today Show on Monday to say that he didn’t understand Tapper’s questions because CNN gave him a “very bad earpiece” for the remote interview.

“I’m sitting in a house in Florida, with a very bad earpiece that they gave me, and you could hardly hear what he was saying,” Trump told NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie. “What I heard was ‘various groups.’ And I don’t mind disavowing anybody and I disavowed David Duke.”

Watch the ad below:

 

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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