Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday slammed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for "playing with dark forces" by not strongly disavowing the support of white supremacist leader David Duke.
The mayor was responding to Trump saying over the weekend that he doesn't "know anything about David Duke" when asked whether he repudiates the endorsement by the former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. Emanuel also hit Trump for retweeting a quote by fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
"Donald Trump, from 'The Apprentice' show, that was kind of a faux reality show where you audition for a job. He's now auditioning for the biggest job in America, and it's not just the biggest job in America, the biggest job in the world," Emanuel said after casting an early vote in the March 15 primary election. "And over the weekend, whether it was dealing with Mussolini or David Duke, his statements or the lack of clarity around his statements, you know, you sleep in the bed you make. And I think that playing with dark forces come back to haunt you. And this is not a joke."