One of the most contentious moments in the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden was when Fox News anchor and debate moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump to denounce white supremacy.
Trump said that he “was willing to do that” before the recent rioting and unrest on groups like Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA.
Wallace: Are you willing to condemn tonight 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 we saw in Kenosha, and as we’ve seen in Portland?
Trump: Sure, I’m willing to do that. I would say almost everything I see is from the Left Wing, not from the Right Wing. I’m willing to do anything, I want to see peace. What do you want to call them? Give me a name. Proud Boys — Stand back and stand by, but I tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about ANTIFA and the Left because this is not a Right Wing problem. This is a Left Wing problem.
Democrats are now trying to capitalize on what Donald J Trump, Jr says was a “misspeak” by his father, who did tell the Proud Boys to “stand down.”
Did Trump tell the Proud Boys to stand aside when he said “Stand by” or was it a call to arms?
Democrats are saying that Trump is refusing to denounce white supremacy even though the president has done so on numerous occasions.
Flordia Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D), who is locked in a tight and contentious race with Spanish-Language TV personality Maria Elvira Salazar (R) is trying to use Trump’s debate answer to boost her chances of winning her contest.
Rep. Shalala’s campaign manager Raul Martinez, Jr has focuses on this very issue in a morning after debate press release, stating that Salazar attended “a rally for an openly racist Trump” and that his “stand by” remark was a suggestion to the Proud Boys to “await his instructions.”
“In her 2018 campaign, Salazar refused to denounce this extremist, white supremacy group,” stated Martinez. Will she continue to remain silent? Will she continue to stand with Trump and his climate change denial, as sea level rise erodes both our beaches and our way of life? Will she continue to stand with Trump as he attacks our elections and democratic system?
Shalala has in the pa called Trump a “racist” over what Democrats say is his support for white supremacy.
The racist claims against Vice president Biden can also be made using the string of racially-charged and insensitive remarks he has made of the years.
Here is a list that has recently been compiled:
May 2020: “You ain’t black.”
“I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” before defending his record with the black community.
August 2019: “Poor kids” just as bright as “white kids”
Biden told supporters “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids.”
June 2019: “The kid wearing a hoodie.”
“We’ve got to recognize that the kid wearing a hoodie may very well be the next poet laureate and not a gangbanger,” Biden said.
June 2019: Biden touts his work with segregationist senators
“I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” Biden said as he briefly imitated the late senator’s southern drawl. “He never called me boy. He always called me son.”
August 2012: “Put y’all back in chains”
“He said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules,” Biden said. “Unchain Wall Street! They’re gonna put y’all back in chains.”
Here is a list of past remarks Biden has made:
February 2007: Obama is “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean”
2006: “You can’t go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent”
“In Delaware the largest growth in population is Indian Americans,” Biden said. “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
We reached out to Shalala and her campaign to qualify their allegation that Salazar has not denounced white supremacy, and for comment about Biden’s past racially insensitive remarks, but did not hear back from them.