A recent report revealing that the Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's father was arrested during a 1927 Ku Klux Klan (KKK) protest has been recalled after the Republican frontrunner Donald Trump on Sunday failed to denounce the Ku Klux Klan and its former leader David Duke, who announced his support for Trump.
"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," Trump replied.
Trump's comments during the interview were condemned both by the other Republican candidates, as well as by his Democrat rivals.
"We cannot be a party that nominates someone who refuses to condemn white supremacists and the Ku Klux Klan," Florida Senator and Trump's Republican rival Marco Rubio tweeted on Sunday.
"How are we going to grow our party with a nominee that refuses to condemn the Ku Klux Klan? Don't tell me he doesn't know who the Ku Klux Klan is," he said during a rally in Virginia.
The comments brought to mind an article published in September by a technology blog, which unearthed that Trump's father was arrested during a fascist KKK protest in New York on May 30, 1927. The New York Times article, dated June 1, 1927, recalled by the blog says that Fred Trump among the arrested during the brawl which resulted in the killings of two Italian men by the fascist.
During the rally, participated by 1000 white-robed Klansmen who walked through the Jamaica neighborhood of New York, seven were arrested.
The Washington Post also reported that Fred Trump was Donald Trump's father. Although Donald Trump had a brother named Fred, the man mentioned in the article, who lived in 175-24 Devonshire Road was the father, as Donald Trump's brother was born a decade later, according to the 1930 Census, The Washington Post report said.
The report does not indicate the nature of Fred Trumps arrest or the context.
Donald Trump had denied the 1927 New York Times article last year, saying that the man arrested was not his father and that it never happened.