After brushing the matter aside Tuesday night during the presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, President Donald Trump on Thursday finally denounced “all White supremacists.”
“I condemn the KKK, 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 in a phone interview.
Trump’s blatant refusal Tuesday to call out the Proud Boys — a far-right, neo-fascist organization designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — was one of the standout moments from the debate, with backlash coming from all sides, including his own party.
After debate moderator Chris Wallace asked him to condemn white supremacists and militia groups, Trump told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” before blaming anti-fascists and the far-left for racial unrest in the U.S.
The president refused to explicitly condemn white supremacists in the following days before his Fox interview Thursday, even as GOP cohorts such as Sen. Tim Scott called for him to “correct” his remarks.