House Speaker Paul D. Ryan weighed in on the GOP presidential race Tuesday, demanding candidates — apparently Donald Trump — denounce racism.
“If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games. They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry. This party does not prey on people’s prejudices,” Mr. Ryan said at a press conference.
Mr. Trump over the last few days has seemed to stumble when asked if he would denounce the Ku Klux Klan and former KKK leader David Duke, a white supremacist.
While at one point he did renounce Mr. Duke’s endorsement, when asked later if he would specifically denounce the KKK, he demurred. He later said he had a problem with his earpiece and didn’t hear the question properly.