The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) yesterday welcomed a statement by Donald Trump that he “totally disavows” conspiratorial anti-Semitic remarks made by David Duke suggesting that “Jewish supremacists” were attempting to undermine his bid for the White House.

In a statement shared with various media outlets Thursday, Mr. Trump added: “Anti-Semitism has no place in our society, which needs to be united, not divided.”

“While no one should associate Mr. Trump’s own views with David Duke’s hatred, it is vital for political leaders to use their bully pulpit to speak out against bigotry,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. “We think it is important that Mr. Trump denounced the anti-Semitism of David Duke and has made clear that he disavows anti-Semitism.”

Earlier today, after learning of David Duke’s anti-Semitic remarks on a radio program, ADL called on Trump to reject Duke’s remarks and to make clear that anti-Semitism has no place in political campaigns or in the public discourse.

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