Trump: 'I'm Representing a Lot of Anger Out There'

Susan Jones | February 29, 2016 | 7:15am EST
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Republican Donald Trump says he's "representing a lot of anger out there." (AP File Photo)

( - Donald Trump on Sunday offered one explanation for the huge crowds he continues to attract.

"We have tremendous amounts of people," Trump told CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper. "We have -- as you know, you know, I'm going to Alabama today. We're going to have 25,000 people and probably more than that.

"We had to go to a football stadium because no building held it. And we're going to have an amazing crowd. And yesterday in Tennessee, I had 15,000 people in a hangar. In Arkansas, you probably saw that one in the morning. In Arkansas, we had about 15,000 people in a hangar.

"And, you know, we have a lot of people. I'm representing people. I'm not representing myself. I'm representing a lot of anger out there, and there's -- we're not angry people, but we're angry at the way this country's being run. And a lot of them are angry -- angry at the way the Republican Party is being run, Jake...And the Republican Party is not being run properly."

Later in the interview, Tapper asked Trump if he would "condemn unequivocally" the racism of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Davd Duke and "say that you don't want his vote or that of other white supremacists."

"Well, just so you understand, I don't know anything about David Duke. OK? I don't know anything about what you're even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don't know.

I don't know, did he endorse me or what's going on, because, you know, I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you're asking me a question that I'm supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.

Tapper told Trump, "But I guess the question from the Anti-Defamation League is, even if you don't know about their endorsement, there are these groups and individuals endorsing you. Would you just say unequivocally you condemn them and you don't want their support?"

"Well, I have to look at the group. I mean, I don't know what group you're talking about. You wouldn't want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I'd 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.
"The Ku Klux Klan?" Tapper asked 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," Trump said.

"OK. I mean, I'm just talking about David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan here, but--" Tapper said.

"I don't know any -- honestly, I don't know David Duke. I don't believe I have ever met him. I'm pretty sure I didn't meet him. And I just don't know anything about him."

"All right," Tapper said, ending that line of questioning.

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