Bruce Rauner Refuses to Say If Donald Trump and David Duke Are Racist

Chicago, IL – This morning, Bruce Rauner refused to say if Donald Trump and David Duke are racist during a WVON radio interview before the Rainbow PUSH breakfast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rauner dodged five times before resorting to his “broken” talking point. See it for yourself:

WATCH:

“Donald Trump spews racism from the White House every day and David Duke is a former grand wizard of the KKK. This isn’t hard,” said Pritzker campaign spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh. “Bruce Rauner is a coward, hiding behind talking points because it’s easier than standing up to the worst elements in his political party.” 

READ THE TRANSCRIPT:

 
MAZE JACKSON: “The President of the United States used language that we’ve never heard before, we call – we said he said ‘shitolee’ on this show. You heard his comments. Is Donald Trump racist? Is he a racist?”
 
RAUNER: “I’ll say this. That language has no place in our political conversation.”
 
JACKSON: “But is he a racist?”
 
RAUNER: “That language has no place in our political conversation.”
 
JACKSON: “But we’ve got it. We heard it. He said it. So it’s in the universe. So, to a – to the Haitians that live in this city, in the state – what’s up with Donald Trump? How do you respond to that?”
 
RAUNER: “That language has no place in our political conversation.”
 
CHARLES THOMAS: “But you won’t call him a racist?”
 
RAUNER: “No place.”
 
THOMAS: “Is David Duke a racist? I mean, is… what about Donald Trump?
 
RAUNER: “You know what? We have racists in our society. We have got to come together to change the system in Illinois. Illinois is broken. Our system is broken. African American families are suffering in Illinois. It’s worse than anywhere with unemployment. We have got to change our system.”

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Michael Berger