President Trump explicitly denounced white supremacists in a Thursday night interview, after facing a number of questions in recent days for his controversial comments on the far-right “Proud Boys” group during the first presidential debate.
“I’ve said it many times, and let me be clear again: I condemn the [Ku Klux Klan]. 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 News’ Sean Hannity.
The president also repeated his view that Vice President Joe Biden should condemn Antifa. Trump called the left-wing group, known to clash with Proud Boys members, “a horrible group of people.”
Trump cleared the air Thursday night after failing in Tuesday night’s presidential debate to outright denounce white supremacists or militia groups who have exacerbated violence in cities experiencing frequent protests.
The president, in the debate, told the Proud Boys, deemed a hate group by The Southern Poverty Law Center, to “stand back and stand by.”
“Proud Boys need to stand back and stand by, but I’ll tell you what, somebody has 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 at the debate.
On Wednesday, Trump was again pressed on the topic by reporters outside the White House. He said he was not familiar with the Proud Boys, but repeated they “have to stand down.”
The president on Wednesday also told reporters he’s “always denounced” racism and Biden must condemn the political violence from Antifa activists.
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