Pence Blasted Online After Refusing To Call David Duke 'Deplorable'

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Isabella Ohlmeyer
Republican vice presidential candidate, Mike Pence, was criticized on Twitter after refusing to call former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, David Duke "deplorable."

Update: Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, David Duke, spoke on his radio show and praised Pence's reluctance to call him deplorable, according to Raw Story

"The whole idea that they were trying to make Pence call me names basically, and he didn't bite on that, was a real positive thing for all of us," Duke said. 


Donald Trump isn’t shy about labeling and judging others publicly, but apparently, his vice presidential running mate isn’t “in the name-calling business.”

Mike Pence, the GOP vice presidential candidate, was interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and asked if he would call David Duke deplorable, but he refused to take a stance, Raw Story reports.

“I’m not really sure why the media keeps bringing up David Duke’s name. Donald Trump has denounced David Duke repeatedly, and we don’t want his support. We don’t want the support of people who think like him,” Pence said.

Blitzer then asked Pence, “Would you call him deplorable?”

Pence then replied saying, “No, I’m not in the name-calling business, Wolf. You know me better than that.”

Hillary Clinton was quick to shame Pence on Twitter posting, “If you won’t say the KKK is deplorable, you have no business running the country.”

Pence said to Blitzer, “What Hillary Clinton did that Friday night was shocking,” in which he was referring to her comment calling Trump's supporters a basket of deplorables. 

A Twitter user named Jamil Smith slammed Pence online saying, “If David Duke isn’t deplorable Mike Pence, then who the hell is? He’s running on the ticket with a loudmouth bully, but Mike Pence isn’t in the name-calling business.”

It's ironic that Pence supports, defends, and is running alongside Trump,  yet her claims to not be in the name-calling business. 

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