Trump Again Denounces White Supremacy, Then Is Grilled on QAnon: 'Let's Waste the Whole Show'

By Susan Jones | October 16, 2020 | 7:05am EDT
President Donald Trump and moderator Savannah Guthrie at an NBC News town hall event in Miami on October 15, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and moderator Savannah Guthrie at an NBC News town hall event in Miami on October 15, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)


( - In an attempt to "clear up" a few things from the Trump-Biden debate, NBC's Savannah Guthrie on Thursday told President Trump, "You were asked point-blank to denounce white supremacy. In the moment, you didn't."

(He did, answering "sure" to the question.)

"A couple of days later, on a different show, you denounced white supremacy," Guthrie continued.

Trump interrupted: "No, you always do this. You’ve done this to me, and everybody --I denounce white supremacy, okay? "

"You did two days later," Guthrie said.

"I’ve denounced white supremacy for years," Trump said.  "But you always do it, you always start off with the question. You didn't ask Joe Biden whether he denounces Antifa...Are you listening? I denounce white supremacy," Trump said. “What’s your next question?”

"It feels sometimes you're hesitant to do so," Guthrie said.

"Here we go again," Trump said. "Every time, in fact, my people came -- I'm sure they'll ask you the white supremacy question. I denounce white supremacy. And frankly, you want to know something, I denounce Antifa and I denounce these people on the left that are burning down our cities that are run by Democrats.

Guthrie told Trump, "While we're denouncing, let me ask you about QAnon. It is this theory that Democrats are a satanic pedophile ring and that you are the savior of that. Now can you just once and for all state that that is completely not true? And disavow QAnon in its entirety?”

"I know nothing about QAnon," Trump said.

"I just told you," Guthrie shot back.

"You told me, but what you tell me doesn't necessarily make it fact, I hate to say that. I know nothing about it. I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard, but I know nothing about it,” Trump said.

"They believe it is a satanic cult run by the United States," Guthrie said.

Trump told her, "I’ll tell you what I do know about. I know about Antifa and I know about the radical left, and I know how violent they are and how vicious they are, and I know how they are burning down cities run by Democrats, not run by Republicans."

Guthrie interrupted him, noting that Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, said “QAnon is nuts, and real leaders call conspiracy theories conspiracy theories. ‘Why not just say it's crazy and not true?” she asked.

"He may be right. I just don't know about QAnon," Trump said.

"You do know!"  Guthrie argued.

“I don’t know. No, I don’t know. I don’t know. Let's waste a whole show. You start off with white supremacy. I denounce it. You start off with something else. Let's go. Keep asking me these questions. Let me just tell you what I do hear about it is, they are very strongly against pedophilia. And I agree with that. I mean, I do agree with that.”

"But they’re not a satanic pedophile cult? You don't know that?" Guthrie asked Trump.

"No, I don't know that. Neither do you know that. Why aren't you asking me about Antifa? Why aren't you asking me about the radical left? Why aren't you asking Joe Biden questions about why doesn't he condemn Antifa?”

(Guthrie told Trump, "Because you're here before me," indicating that Biden wasn't present.)

"So cute," Trump said. "Antifa exists. They're vicious. They're violent. They kill people and they're burning down our cities, and they happen to be radical left."

Guthrie moved on to another topic intended to make Trump look like a conspiracy theorist, but having nothing to do with issues that are top of mind for Americans.

Also See:
WH: Trump 'Has Condemned White Supremacy More Than Any President in Modern History’


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