After Democrats and the mainstream media mischaracterized President Trump’s remarks about white supremacist groups from Tuesday evening’s presidential debates, President Trump ended the allegations once and for all.
Debate host Chris Wallace asked Trump whether he was willing to condemn White supremacist organizations, to which Trump said “sure.” After Biden asked him to explicitly condemn the far-right group the Proud Boys, Trump said that they should “stand back and stand by.”
The media exploded in condemnation of Trump, saying that he had refused to condemn right-wing extremism. However, Trump set the record straight on Wednesday.
Trump told reporters that he was unaware of who the Proud Boys are, but clarified that he denounces White supremacy in all its forms.
“I don’t know who the Proud Boys are. You’ll have to give me a definition,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “Because I really don’t know who they are. I can only say they have to stand down, let law enforcement do their work. Law enforcement will do the work, more and more.”
When reporters pressed him to denounce White supremacy again, Trump responded: “I’ve always denounced any form, any form, any form of any of that.”
President Trump: “I don’t know who the Proud Boys are. You’ll have to give me a definition…” pic.twitter.com/lpsBJnqLLQ
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The Washington Times explained:
Enrique Tarrio, international chairman of Proud Boys, which describes itself as a “Western chauvinist” group, denied Wednesday the allegations of racism, tweeting, “The question was in reference to WHITE SUPREMACY … which we are not.
Kentucky State University associate professor Wilfred Reilly noted that Mr. Tarrio is Black, and said that about 10% to 20% of the group’s activists are non-White, adding, “Proud Boys are not White supremacists.”
The right-wing Proud Boys are known for their clashes with leftist Antifa activists, particularly in Portland, Oregon, where the groups clashed Saturday at a Proud Boys rally.
“We’re a drinking club with a patriot problem,” Mr. Tarrio told CNN. “As Proud Boys, I think our main objective is to defend the West.”