Mike Pence Won't Call Former KKK Leader And Radio Host David Duke “Deplorable”

Pence: All Trump Supporters Including Duke “Deserve The Respect Of The Democratic Nominee For President”

From the September 12 edition of CNN's The Situation Room:

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WOLF BLITZER (HOST): Let's get into this whole issue that Hillary Clinton raised the other night when she spoke about the basket of deplorables. She said that half, in her initial statement -- she said this: “To be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables, right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.” Afterward, very quickly -- within the day -- she issued a statement saying she regretted saying “half.” It wasn't half. 


There are some supporters of Donald Trump and Mike Pence who -- David Duke, for example, some other white nationalists -- who would fit into that category of deplorables, right?

GOV. MIKE PENCE: As I’ve told you last time I was on, I'm not really sure why the media keeps dropping David Duke's name. Donald Trump has denounced David Duke repeatedly. We don't want his support and we don't want the support of people who think like him. 

BLITZER: Well, you would call him a deplorable? You would call him deplorable?

PENCE: No, I'm not in the name-calling business, Wolf. You know me better than that. What Hillary Clinton did Friday night was shocking. The millions of people who support Donald Trump around this country are not a basket of anything. They are Americans, and they deserve the respect of the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.


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