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How Ronald Reagan Responded to Being Endorsed by the KKK is a Lesson for All Republicans


Donald Trump lit up the headlines today by repeatedly declining to repudiate the endorsement of David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

He would later backtrack:

But compare his reaction today to what Ronald Reagan said when the KKK endorsed him in 1984:

''Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse.

''The politics of racial hatred and religious bigotry practiced by the Klan and others have no place in this country, and are destructive of the values for which America has always stood.''

UNDATED: (FILE PHOTO) Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks at a rally for Senator Durenberger February 8, 1982. Reagan turns 92 on February 6, 2003. (Photo by Michael Evans/The White House/Getty Images)
(Image Credit: Michael Evans/The White House/Getty Images)

Here's how Marco Rubio responded to Trump's hedging:

And here's how Ted Cruz responded:

Voters go to the polls on Tuesday in 12 states. It's likely that they'll have Reagan's advice on their minds.

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