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Trump Surrogate Says Arrest of Trump’s Dad At Klan Rally Shouldn’t Have Any Relevance Today

steve-cortes-cnneditedDuring a panel discussion on last night’s Al Smith Dinner, Trump surrogate Steve Cortes took issue with Daily Beast writer Michael Daly’s article about Donald Trump’s appearance at the event because Daly brought up a report that Trump’s father was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally in 1927.

Appearing on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, Daly stated that he didn’t think Trump should have been invited to the dinner, noting that his campaign rhetoric is based o hatred, bigotry and divisiveness.

In response, Cortes angrily denounced Daly’s article, stating that even if Fred Trump were arrested at a Klan rally nearly 90 years ago, it should have no bearing on what’s going on today.

“You know what’s a disgrace is that you brought up the fact, unsubstantiated — I shouldn’t say fact, allegation — that his father was arrested in a Klan rally 90 years ago,” Cortes stated. “Even if that’s true — and I don’t know that it is — does it have any relevance at all to 2016? I would argue no.”

Cortes also took offense to Daly describing Trump as a “demon” in his piece and then pivoted to WikiLeaks and John Podesta for some reason, saying Hillary Clinton needed to demand Podesta resign immediately.

Watch the exchange above, via CNN.

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