During the first of three presidential debates on Tuesday, Donald Trump was asked for the umpteenth time to denounce white supremacy — and for the umpteenth time, what he said was not good enough to satisfy those in the media.
The president put an end to the controversy Wednesday, however, when he clarified that despite how some on the left have characterized his Tuesday comments, he isn’t calling for any vigilante groups to take matters into their own hands, as TheBlaze reported.
Another media-manufactured controversy
According to TheBlaze, Trump had been asked by debate moderator Chris Wallace on Tuesday if he would condemn white supremacists and right-wing militia groups, to which Trump said “sure.”
Knowing the game that the media plays, however, Trump asked Wallace to name a specific group that he should denounce. At that point, Democrat White House hopeful Joe Biden chimed in to name the “Proud Boys,” a right-leaning group that the FBI has characterized as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism,” TheBlaze reports.
“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” Trump responded during the debate.
It was the latter half of that remark that sent the media into a tizzy.
“They have to stand down”
Apparently believing that Trump had called on the group to act by telling them to “stand by,” reporters asked Trump on Wednesday to clarify his comments. “I don’t know who the Proud Boys are,” the president said, according to a White House transcript. “I mean, you’ll have to give me a definition, because I really don’t know who they are.”
Trump went on to call on the group to “stand down” and “let law enforcement do their work,” TheBlaze reported. “Law enforcement will do the work more and more,” he said.
“But again, I don’t know who Proud Boys are,” the president reiterated. “But whoever they are, they have to stand down. Let law enforcement do their work.” Take a look at video of the exchange first shared by TheBlaze:
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They just can’t accept it
Of course, Trump could denounce white supremacy every day for the rest of his presidency, and the media still wouldn’t be happy. Case in point: a reporter asked Trump yet again Wednesday if he would condemn the ideology.
“I’ve always denounced any form — any form — any form of any of that, you have to denounce,” Trump replied. What more do they want than that?