Donald Trump says he didn't denounce the KKK on CNN because he didn't want to risk offending Jewish philanthropies

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Last Sunday, Donald Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper that he hadn't done enough research on white supremacists to feel comfortable denouncing them as a group. He would later blame his reluctance on a "bad earpiece" and reiterated his disavowal of former KKK grand wizard David Duke's endorsement. But on Thursday's Morning Joe, the GOP front-runner offered an additional excuse for his failure to condemn the Ku Klux Klan at Tapper's request.

"David Duke is a bad person, who I disavowed on numerous occasions," Trump said. "And the one question that was asked of me on CNN — he's having a great time — he talked about 'groups of people.' And I don't like to disavow groups if I don't know who they are. I mean, you could have the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies in 'groups.''

To his credit, Trump has apparently done his due diligence since the weekend and verified that there is no other KKK that serves as an umbrella group for Jewish philanthropies. Thus, the Donald was able to tell the Morning Joe crew that he does in fact disavow the Ku Klux Klan.

In Thursday morning's interview, Trump also took shots at Mitt Romney, who is set to give a speech denouncing the GOP front-runner later this morning. The Donald called the former Massachusetts governor a "stiff" and "horrible candidate."

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Donald Trump says he didn't denounce the KKK on CNN because he didn't want to risk offending Jewish philanthropies

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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