One of the most significant moments of the first presidential debate came when moderator Chris Wallace asked President Trump if he would condemn “white supremacists and armed militias,” with Biden interjecting for him to condemn the Proud Boys as well.
It’s easy to get lost in the media’s narrative that Trump refused to condemn white supremacy, so to avoid confusion, here is exactly what was said:
Chris Wallace: “Are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we’ve seen in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland?”
President Trump: “I’m willing to do that, I would say almost everything I see is from the Left-wing not from the Right-wing…I want to see peace… Give me a name. Who would you like me to condemn?”
Joe Biden: “Proud Boys”
President Trump: “Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what… somebody’s gotta do something about ANTIFA and the left. Because this is not a right-wing problem. This is a Left-wing problem.”
Note that nowhere in this discussion did the president say he condones white supremacy. However, he did make a rather vague statement regarding Right-wing group, the Proud Boys. Instead of condemning them as Biden demanded, he told to “stand back and stand by.”
Following the debate, the president walked back his statement when he took questions from reporters, telling them that he did not know who the Proud Boys are but recommended they “stand down… let law enforcement do their work”.
Was the president wrong to tell the Proud Boys to “be on standby:” like the media wants you to think?
In my opinion, this is President Trump rejecting the premise of Chris Wallace’s question, which attempted to paint the Proud Boys as white supremacists. Trump responded saying that the violence in urban cities across America is caused by Left-wing groups who are the problem.
The issue is not right-wing groups like the Proud Boys who played no part in contributing to the riots and are also not white supremacists.
Trump did not condone white supremacy nor violence in his statement. In fact, he said “I want to see peace.” However, he could have answered the question in a more clear and concise way that would have averted the controversy that followed.
So, was the president right when he told the Proud Boys to stand by?
I say yes, because his response clearly disavowed violence and white supremacy while also acknowledging that the Proud Boys are not violent or white supremacists. Furthermore, Chris Wallace asked the question from the assumption that the Left’s narrative about Trump’s racism is true. It’s simply ridiculous that Wallace is egging this narrative on considering Trump has said several times he condemns racism, and his actions have proven that.
What more must he do to prove to America that he is not a racist?
In my opinion, this is just the latest smear from the Left and those who simply dislike the president. But, brace yourselves, because these attacks are likely to continue for the next month until Election Day finally arrives.