If you wanted to add fodder to a conspiracy theory I just made up—that Donald Trump is actually an orange-skinned alien and not an actually human—his latest interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper is probably a good piece of evidence for you to keep in your file/post on your subreddit. Apparently, billionaire entrepreneur and extraterrestrial Trump comes from a planet where white supremacy, the Ku Klux Klan, and/or David Duke don’t exist, because he sure doesn’t know what or who the hell they are, or why Duke is endorsing him. But sure, he’ll take it anyway!

(Or, you know, he doesn’t want to ostracize a very bigoted fan-base by repudiating an endorsement outright.)

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CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked GOP presidential hopeful in an interview on Sunday, February 28 about Duke’s official endorsement for Trump’s presidential bid the former KKK leader made on his radio show last week, in which he stated “voting against Donald Trump at this point is really treason to your [white] heritage.”

Trump’s reaction? “What is even white supremacy lolz.”

But really, this was Trump’s response:

“I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know — did he endorse me or what’s going on? Because I know nothing about David Duke. I know nothing about white supremacists. And so you’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.”

Tapper continued to press Trump about the endorsement—namely, if he would continue to accept it by default while now knowing Duke’s ideological background (if we’re still pretending he somehow doesn’t know what the KKK is for some reason).

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“Even if you don’t know about their endorsement, there are these groups and individuals endorsing you,” Tapper started. “Would you just say unequivocally that you condemn them and you don’t want their support?”

Then this happened:

“I have to look at the group. I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I have to look. If you would send me a list of the groups, I will do research on them. And certainly I would disavow if I thought there was something wrong.”

Because the three stabbings perpetrated by white supremacists at a KKK rally in Anaheim on February 27 aren’t an indication that there is “something wrong.”

Tapper was equally as confused as we are. “The Klu Klux Klan?” the anchor asked.

Trump continued, neither unfazed by or directly addressing Tapper’s point.

“You may have groups in there that are totally fine and it would be very unfair. So give me a list of the groups, and I’ll let you know,” he added.

Again: Trump is purporting that he knows nothing about a white supremacist group that has been around since 1865 and was in the news yesterday.

To make things even more bizarre, fellow candidate Ted Cruz tweeted a response to his rival after the interview—and I actually agree with it?

What makes Trump’s denial even stranger is its diametrical opposition to previous statements he made on February 26 at a press conference.

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“David Duke endorsed me? OK, alright. I disavow, OK?” Trump said on Friday, moving onto another question.

As The New York Times reported, Trump’s current stance also contradicts comments he made back in 2000 after declining to join the Reform Party—the political party which includes Duke as a member.

“The Reform party now includes a Klansman, Mr. Duke, a neo-Nazi, Mr. Buchanan, and a communist, Ms. Fulani,” Trump stated at the time, also referring to Pat Buchanan and Lenora Fulani. “This is not company I wish to keep.”

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