Pierson to Tapper: ‘Only Reason David Duke Even Has a Platform Is Because CNN Keeps Talking About It’

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Tuesday on CNN’s “The Lead,” Trump campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson addressed the continuing questions over the support from former KKK leader David Duke of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by explaining Trump had denounced Duke and adding, “The only reason David Duke even has a platform is because CNN keeps talking about it.” Partial transcript as follows: TAPPER: You heard what Governor Pence said last night on CNN and what he said today about using the word “deplorable,” and David Duke, who I think by any objective measure believes horrific, deplorable, racist, anti-Semitic things. The campaign said they do not want his support or the support of people who think like him. Why not call him deplorable? The critics say that not doing so makes it look as though the Trump campaign is trying to not offend white supremacists and nationalists. PIERSON: Donald Trump has denounced David Duke on a number of occasions. On the exact first day the word came out that he was supporting Mr. Trump. I believe CNN asked the question at the press conference and he shut it down immediately. The only reason David Duke even has a platform is because CNN keeps talking about it.