Trump: ‘Proud Boys, Stand Back and Stand By’; Biden: Antifa’s an Idea, Not Militia

By Melanie Arter | September 30, 2020 | 4:46pm EDT
President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaks during the first presidential debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump was called on Tuesday to condemn white supremacists and militia by moderator and Fox News host Chris Wallace during the first presidential debate.

“You have repeatedly criticized the vice president for not specifically calling out Antifa and other left-wing extremist groups, but are you willing to condemn 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, as we saw in Kenosha and as we've seen in Portland. Are you prepared to do that?” Wallace asked.

TRUMP: Sure, I’m willing to do that. I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not the right wing. I'm willing to do anything. I want to see peace. 

WALLACE: Then do it, sir. 

BIDEN: Do it, saying it. 

TRUMP: What do you want to call them? Give me a name. 

WALLACE: White supremacists and right wing militia

BIDEN: Proud boys

TRUMP: Proud boys, stand back and stand by but I'll tell you what. I'll 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. This is a left-wing problem. 

BIDEN: Antifa’s an idea, not an organization, not a militia. 

TRUMP: You've got to be kidding. 

BIDEN: That's what his FBI director said. 

WALLACE: We are done, sir. Moving on. 

TRUMP: You know what? He’s wrong. Antifa is not an idea. 

BIDEN: Everyone who gives in your administration who tells you the truth has a bad idea. 

TRUMP: Antifa is a dangerous, radical group and you ought to be careful of them. They’ll overthrow you. 
 

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