Trump condemns all white supremacists but media still unhappy
President Trump took to the airways to disabuse characterizations in the media that he refused to denounce white supremacy during the first presidential debate in Cleveland earlier in the week, following similar comments by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany earlier.
“I condemn the KKK, I condemn all White supremacists, I condemn the Proud Boys. I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that,” Trump told Fox host Sean Hannity. “But [Biden] should condemn also Antifa. Antifa is a horrible group of people,” Trump added according to Politico.
The media has been intent on mischaracterizing the president’s comment during the debates as support for Proud Boys, a group the media claims is a white supremacist group.
In fact, the media can’t even agree amongst themselves what the president actually said during the debate.
When asked by moderator Chris Wallace to specifically ask Proud Boys to “stand down,” Politico says that Trump responded by saying “stand down and stand by.”
Rolling Stone and CNN on the other hand say Trump said “stand back and stand by.”
Yesterday, a leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, said that they will “stand down.”
Tarrio, who is of Cuban ancestry and very dark skinned, has denied his group has anything to do with white supremacy.
“I get that we’re not everyone’s cup of tea,” Tarrio said according to Business Insider. “We’re a little rough around the edges, but we’re definitely not what they make us out to be. I denounce white supremacy, and I denounce fascism and communism.”
“I’m pretty brown, I’m Cuban,” Tarrio added. “There’s nothing white supremacist about me.”
Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany blasted the press for asking the same question over and over about white supremacy, when the president had clearly already answered the question on multiple occasions.
“The president was asked this; he said ‘sure’ three times. Yesterday, he was point-blank asked, “Do you denounce white supremacy?” And he said, “I’ve always denounced any form of that’,” McEnany told reporters earlier Thursday.
Some, including Trump, are saying that the real trouble is that Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden won’t condemn Antifa violence that has been apparent across the country during Black Lives Matter protests.
“In Tuesday night’s presidential debate in Cleveland,” writes James Freeman, assistant editor of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, “former Vice President Joe Biden said that violence is never ‘appropriate’ but he did not condemn people who have been perpetrating it in cities across America. Taking the opportunity to address directly the Antifa movement, Mr. Biden simply described its lack of centralized structure.”
Biden, when asked by Trump to denounce Antifa, simply dismissed the notion of Antifa danger by saying “Antifa is an idea, not an organization.”
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