Miller also said that Trump has told the proud boys to “knock it off”, even though the group’s own leaders have publicly recognized “stand back and stand by” as an action order.
Donald Trump faces backlash from fellow Republicans after he refused to condemn white supremacy during a contentious moment in the first debate of the 2020 cycle against Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Although Trump told the debate host Chris Wallace of Fox News that he would be willing to condemn white supremacist groups, he failed to do so numerous times. When asked if he would denounce the proud boys, which was named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the president told its members to sand back and stand by.
Trump declared: ‘Somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left. ”
In a rare rebuke of Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Wednesday that President Obama was too slow to denounce white supremacy. The Republican leadership aligned himself with Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only black Republican in the upper chamber who had earlier called for Trump to “correct” his answer.
“With regard to white supremacy issues, I would like to associate myself with Sen. Tim Scott’s remarks,” McConnell said. I think he said it precisely correctly and that is exactly how I would express myself on that question.”
The ‘Scott’ said it was inadmissible not to condemn white supremacists, and so I do so the strongest way possible,” McConnell added.
Scott posited in his earlier remarks that Trump may not have spoken clearer and he gave the president the opportunity to clarify his answer.
“I think he had said what I meant.” He should correct it “, stated the Palmetto State Republican. he didn’t correct me if he doesn’t correct it.
On Wednesday, a number of Senate Republican senators made similar requests.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Trump “should condemn without a doubt white supremacy,” as did Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, a frequent critic of the president. Mike Rounds, a Republican senator, added that he was “hoping for more clarity”
Even the Co-host of the popular morning show Fox’Friends, the president who frequently showers him with praise, expressed bafflement. Brian Kilmeade lamented that Trump “blew the biggest lame in the history of debates by not condemning white supremacists ” He also asked clarification from the president.
“I don’t know if he didn’t hear it, but he needs to clarify that immediately,” Kilmeade said of Trump. The answer is ‘Are you against evil?’ I’m not sure why the president didn’t just knock that out of the park. ”
But Alyssa Farah, president of the White House Communications Department, told Fox News’Sandra Smith that the administration did not see the need to clarify the matter.
I don’t think there is something to clarify,” Farah said. “He told them to’stand back’ ”
Trump campaign chief strategist Jason Miller responded to questions by pointing out that Trump recently promised to designate the Ku Klux Klan terrorist organization as part of what the president calls his ‘Platinum Plan’ for black voters. There is currently no legal process for the designation of domestic groups as terrorist organisations.
Miller also said that Trump has told the proud boys to “knock it off”, even though the group’s own leaders have publicly honored “stand back and stand by” as an action order.
Hogan Gidley claimed in a conversation with CNN’s John Berman that Trump spokesperson Hogan had falsely claimed that the president’; had ‘. When Gidley claimed that Trump has denounced White – Sklavists three times, Berman responded: “The president said yes, I will. . . : “…and then the president did it not.”
Reporters gave Trump the chance to clarify his answer, during which he claimed to not know who the happy boys are.
“I can only say that they have to stand down and let law enforcement do their job” Trump said. And the law enforcement will continue to do their work more and more”
“Whoever they are, they must resign,” the president added.
Trump was asked again to condemn the white supremacist groups and responded – short of a declaration.
He swore: “I’ve always denounced any form — any form — any form of any form that you have to denounce.
Then the president then asked Biden to denounce antifa.
In 2017, the president responded to a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia organized by former Proud Boys member Jason Kessler with the words: ‘We have blame on both sides ‘