The Republican National Committee released a one-minute video Monday featuring African-Americans voicing support for the party. The video, titled “We Are the GOP,” comes just one day after Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, dodged questions about whether he would condemn the racism of former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke, who announced his support of the candidate.
“We are strong, we are determined, we are overcomers, we are committed, we are loyal,” said an African-American woman in the video.
In the video, which was tweeted by Reince Priebus,, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, black Republicans tout themes of empowerment and getting involved in the party.
“I want more people to get involved so we can represent one another and unite as a nation,” said another African-American woman in the video.
The video’s release coincides with GOP furor over Trump avoiding questions about Duke. Duke encouraged listeners of his radio show last week that to not vote for Trump would be “treason” on their heritage, the Hill reported. In response, the Anti-Defamation League asked the billionaire businessman to distance himself from Duke and other white supremacists and “publicly condemn their racism,” yet when pressed on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Trump dodged questions regarding Duke.
“I don’t know anything about David Duke ...” Trump said Saturday on the show. "I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists.”
His comments caused an uproar from rival GOP candidates including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as well as Democratic candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“America’s first black president cannot and will not be succeeded by a hatemonger who refuses to condemn the KKK,” Sanders tweeted Sunday.
After receiving backlash, Trump blamed a “lousy earpiece” and said he could not hear what CNN anchor Jake Tapper said during the interview. In a tweet, Trump highlighted that he had disavowed Duke during a press conference Friday.