Fact: Trump Condemned White Supremacists And Militia Groups 3 Times During Presidential Debate

President Trump repeatedly condemned white supremacists and militia groups during his presidential debate on Tuesday evening, despite mainstream media outlets reporting the opposite as true.

CNN, among other outlets, reported immediately following the presidential debate that Trump refused to condemn White supremacists.

NBC News reports: “Trump did not denounce any far-right or white supremacist groups, and he then pivoted to talk about Antifa.”

Axios reports: “President Trump pointedly refused to condemn white supremacist groups.”

And, from CNN:

President Donald Trump on Tuesday refused to condemn White supremacists for inciting violence at anti-police brutality demonstrations across the country, claiming instead during the presidential debate that violence was coming from “the left wing.”

The stunning moment came when moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he was ready to condemn White supremacists and say they need to stand down during ongoing demonstrations across the country.

In the same report, however, CNN says Trump did condemn the violence, white supremacists, and militia groups.

“Sure,” Trump said when asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he would condemn them.

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“Sure, I’m willing to (tell them to stand down), but I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not from the right-wing. I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace,” Trump echoed.

Wallace then pressed Trump to continue condemning them, to which Trump replied: “Who would you like me to condemn?”

After Joe Biden brings up the politically violent Proud Boys group, Trump tells them to “stand back and stand by.”

“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by, but I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem,” Trump said.

Breitbart has more:

CLAIM: President Donald Trump told white supremacists like the Proud Boys to “stand by” and did not condemn them.

VERDICT: DECEPTIVE EDIT. The transcript shows Trump said “sure” when asked to condemn white supremacists. The “stand” language came from the moderator, and the “Proud Boys” were first brought up by Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

The report adds:

Four things are clear from the transcript:

  1. Wallace refused to accept “sure” for an answer and demanded Trump (and only Trump) condemn extremists onstage.

  2. Wallace is the one who introduced the “stand down” language — not Trump, who was doing what he was asked.

  3. Biden is the one who demanded Trump condemn the “Proud Boys” — a right-wing group — and Trump complied.

  4. Biden refused to condemn Antifa, saying it was “an idea, not an organization.” Wallace then tried to end the argument.

As the Independent Journal Review reports, during an interview after the debate former White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told CNN’s John Berman that Trump did condemn the violent groups.

“He wants [Proud Boys] to get out of the way. He wants them to not do the things they say they want to do. This is a reprehensible group,” Gidley said.

Gidley added: “John, when he was asked would he disavow them, would he condemn them, he said ‘sure’ three times in the one clip you just played. I don’t know how many other ways you want him to condemn these types of groups.”

Watch the exchange below:

See below for a transcript of the exchange, courtesy of Breitbart News:

Wallace: You have repeatedly criticized the vice president for not specifically calling out Antifa —

Trump: That’s right.

Wallace: — and other left-wing extremist groups. But are you willing, tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups —

Trump: Sure.

Wallace: — and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha, and as we’ve seen in Portland.

Trump: Sure, I’m willing to do that.

Wallace: Are you prepared specifically to do it.

Trump: I would say —

Wallace: Go ahead, sir.

Trump: I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing not, not from the right wing.

Wallace: So what are you — what are you saying?

Trump: I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.

Wallace: Well, then, do it, sir.

Trump: I am —

Biden: Say it. Do it. Say it.

Trump: Do you call them — What do you want to call them? Give me a name. Give me a name.

Wallace: White supremacist — and right-wing militia.

Trump: Go ahead. Who would you like me to condemn?

Biden: White supremacists. The Proud Boys.

Trump: Who.

Wallace: White supremacists and right-wing militia.

Trump: Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left. Because this is not a right-wing problem.

 

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