President Donald Trump is being accused of hitting a new low after last night’s presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden. When asked a question about groups like ANTIFA and the Proud Boys, Trump refused to denounce white supremacists saying, “Almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing,”
Today, Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, was about the President’s commentary and is being blasted on social media for what some are calling a tone-deaf response. On Wednesday (September 30), Scott told reporters, “White supremacy should be denounced at every turn. I think the President misspoke, and he needs to correct it. If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak.”
Last night (September 29), when Fox News Sunday host and moderator Chris Wallace asked about whether he would finally condemn his association with white supremacy by announcing that racist groups need to stand down and not incite further violence as has been seen in Kenosha, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon, the president’s answer caught many by surprise.
“I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace,” said Trump who then followed that statement with, “Proud Boys! Stand back and stand by” before then saying that someone has to do something about Antifa and acknowledging that it’s not his problem, it's “a left-wing problem.”
Even dictionary Merriam-Webster joined the backlash tweeting the definitions “stand down” and “stand by.”
The debate was nearly 24 hours ago and Trump has yet to “correct” himself, even though he has been tweeting for hours and reven after reporters cornered him at the White House earlier in the day. Now, Black Twitter is having a field day with Scott’s wishy-washy response and looking at him with the intense side eye.
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