Republican Presidential front-runner Donald Trump says that “there’s nobody that’s done so much for equality as I have,” citing his billionaire Palm Beach club as exemplary of his open attitude and commitment to equality.
Trump has been embroiled in a tense controversy over Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s support for the candidate that has drawn ire from political pundits and establishment politicians alike. His refusal to fully disavow Duke on air also received condemnation as the business mogul blamed the incident on a faulty earpiece.
In addressing the controversy on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Trump stated he denounced the xenophobic figure on social media days prior.
“I disavowed them every time I speak to somebody, virtually, and, you know, they just keep it going,” Trump told George Stephanopoulos in a phone interview. “They keep it going. They said: 'Oh, we never looked at your Twitter account. We never looked at Facebook.' I said take a look at Facebook. It was totally disavowed.”
Stephanopoulos pressed Trump on whether he is “prepared to make a clear and unequivocal statement renouncing support of all white supremacists.
Trump confidently responded, “Of course I am. There’s nobody that’s done so much for equality as I have.”
Trump then added how his billionaire resort club is a prime example of his inclusionary principles.
“You take a look at Palm Beach, Florida. I built the Mar-a-Lago Club, totally open to everybody,” Trump said. “A club that, frankly, set a new standard in clubs and a new standard in Palm Beach and I've gotten great credit for it. That is totally open to everybody. So of course I am.”
The clownish real estate tycoon ironically touted his dedication to equality using “one of the most impressive and exclusive private clubs” in the world. Dripping with elitism and privilege, Mar-a-Lago is the epitome of class divide and economic inequality.
Trump commended the club for its openness, but its infamous reputation boasts otherwise.
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