Chris Wallace, the moderator of the debate, falsely implied that President Trump never condemned white supremacists. When in fact he did, and repeatedly.
Wallace questioned President Trump, demanding a condemnation of white supremacists. This was a surprisingly ill-informed challenge, repeating a lie that Democratic president candidate Joe Biden has often told during his election campaign.
Biden told ABC’s “This Week” on Feb. 9 of this year, “You see these white supremacists come out from under the rocks. You have yet to finally condemn white supremacy, the neo-Nazis. He has not condemned anything (referring to President Trump). He has given them oxygen. And that’s what will continue to happen. That’s what this guy is. He doesn’t have basic American values, he doesn’t understand the American code.
A falsehood by Joe Biden
Biden’s statement is completely false. On the very day of the Charlottesville incident, when one person died and several were injured after a man with a history of racism crashed his car into a group of protesters, President Trump condemned all acts of hate and intolerance.
As confirmed by the digital media Fact Check, President Trump said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence, on many sides. On many sides.” Trump said he had spoken to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and “We agreed that the hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now. We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and true affection—really—and I say this so strongly—true affection for each other.”
Two days later, on Aug. 14, 2017, Trump issued a statement from the White House saying, “Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Another time President Trump condemned those who defend white supremacy was after 30 people were killed on Aug. 3, 2019, in a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Trump said, “The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate. In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”
Last week, President Trump unveiled an economic empowerment plan for African Americans in Atlanta that, among other things, will designate both antifa and the Ku Klux Klan as terrorist organizations the New York Post reported.