Romney: Donald Trump's KKK comments are 'disqualifying and disgusting'

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Mitt Romney on Monday joined a chorus of Republicans slamming Donald Trump's refusal during a Sunday interview to denounce support from the Ku Klux Klan.

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, tweeted that Trump's hesitance to disavow former KKK grand wizard David Duke's endorsement was "disqualifying."

"A disqualifying & disgusting response by @realDonaldTrump to the KKK. His coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of America," Romney tweeted.

Romney joined Trump's presidential rivals, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in denouncing Trump's response to the KKK endorsement.

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Romney: Donald Trump's KKK comments are 'disqualifying and disgusting'

Stephen Baldwin

Baldwin, who was fired by Trump on two different seasons of "The Celebrity Apprentice," said during an interview with Don Lemon on an episode of "CNN Tonight" that Trump would make a "great" president "because he's not a politician, and he doesn't care what anybody thinks."  

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Gary Busey

The actor endorsed Trump back in 2011, even after being fired from season four of "The Celebrity Apprentice," and offered his praise for the presidential hopeful again recently. "He's a great guy. He's sharp. He's fast," he told Fox411. "He can change the country after the last eight years."  

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Dennis Rodman

The retired pro-basketball player tweeted: "@realDonaldTrump has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016." He was fired from season two of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

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Lou Ferrigno

When asked by TMZ for his thoughts on Trump, the actor and former bodybuilder said, "I hope Donald goes all the way." He was also fired from a season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." 

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Ted Nugent 

The musician wrote an article for WorldNetDaily in which he said, "[Trump] should be given the Medal of Freedom for speaking his mind in such a bold, honest, and straightforward manner."

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Tila Tequila 

The model and reality star posted a video on YouTube expressing her support for Trump.

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Wayne Newton

The Las Vegas entertainer announced his support on "Fox and Friends," “I love Donald, and he would make a great president,” he said. But he also voiced his support for other hopefuls, such as Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, and Ben Carson. 

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Willie Robertson

The businessman and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” supported Trump at a rally in Oklahoma last year, where he was invited up on stage. He officially announced his endorsement in January. 

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Jesse Ventura 

Jesse Ventura

The former pro wrestler, former Minnesota governor, and actor was speaking with previous Trump staffer Roger Stone for "Off the Grid," when Ventura said, "I shocked my staff today. I came in and said, ‘You know what, as far as the Republicans are concerned, I hope Trump wins.'" Though he also added, "Now I’m not a Republican — I’m not a Democrat either — so ultimately, I’d like somebody else to win overall.”

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Terrell Owens 

The retired NFL wide receiver told TMZ Sports, "This may be what the country needs and Trump... He’s a guy who won’t put up with B.S. and has what it takes to change how government is run." He appeared on the most recent season of "The Celebrity Apprentice."   

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"Really sad," Cruz wrote on Twitter.

"We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan," Rubio said Sunday.

For his part, Trump said that he did not disavow Duke's endorsement during a Sunday CNN interview because he was provided with a "bad earpiece" that made it difficult to hear. He also noted that he disavowed Duke's endorsement at a Friday press conference during which he rolled out the endorsement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

"I was sitting in a house in Florida, with a bad earpiece," Trump told NBC's "Today" show Monday. "I could hardly hear what he's saying. I hear various groups. I don't mind disavowing anyone. I disavowed Duke the day before at a major conference."

Trump and Romney have been increasingly critical of each other in public. Despite Trump's repeated refusals, Romney has pushed the former reality-television star to release his tax returns, alleging a possible "bombshell" contained within them.

"Mitt Romney, who totally blew an election that should have been won and whose tax returns made him look like a fool, is now playing tough guy," Trump fired back in a tweet last week.

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