President Donald Trump condemned the white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and the “Proud Boys” with precise language on Thursday evening, two days after giving a controversial response to the debate.
“I have to say, I have said it many times, let me be clear again: I condemn the KKK, I condemn all white supremacists, I condemn the Proud Boys,” Trump said during a call-in interview to “Hannity” . “I don’t know much about the Proud Boys,” added the President.
Trump got hot water Tuesday night after he was asked by debate host Chris Wallace if he was “willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and say they need to resign and not increase violence”
President Donald Trump used precise language Thursday to condemn white supremacists, KKK members and the Proud Boys after being criticized for his response to hate groups during Tuesday night’s presidential debates
The president called Sean Hannity’s show Thursday night and the Fox News Channel host asked him about the controversy surrounding his answer to the debate on white supremacists and the Proud Boys
The President replied, “Sure, I am ready to do that.”
“Then do it, sir,” Wallace said, and Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden told him, “Do it. Say it.’
But then Trump didn’t specifically say, “Almost everything I see is from the left wing, not the right wing. I am ready for anything. I want to see peace. ‘
President’s critics saw his debate response as another chapter of racist dog whistling after Trump criticized the Black Lives Matter movement last summer, advocated Confederate statues, monuments and military bases, and turned a blind eye to violence on the right.
Trump and his allies have pointed to protests that have gotten out of hand – turning ‘Antifa’ into a left boogeyman.
“But he should also condemn Antifa,” repeated Trump on Thursday evening in “Hannity” and directed the comment on Biden.
The president complained that his treatment was not fair.
“I judge them and if I say it 100 times it won’t be enough because it’s false news,” Trump said. “I’ve condemned you in the past and condemned people for years – I guess almost everything you mentioned.”
The president launched the “Hannity” segment, complaining about his treatment by Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts, who earlier Thursday criticized White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on the network.
“I saw him scream and his wife, John’s wife, said what are you doing because I made a statement yesterday that most people thought was a perfect statement,” Trump told host Sean Hannity.
Roberts is married to ABC News ‘Kyra Phillips, who asked Trump about white supremacists on Wednesday and got a swig on’ law and order ‘before finally saying,’ Any of this requires denouncing. ‘
Roberts opened the press conference on Thursday with a line to McEnany: “If I could begin, I would like to ask you for a definitive and meaningful statement without ambiguity or distraction. The president denounces white supremacists as the person speaking for the president. ‘
He was joined by Paula Reid from CBS and Kaitlan Collins from CNN.
McEnany pointed a finger back at the press.
“His record of it is unmistakable and it is shameful that the media refuses to cover it,” said the press secretary.
Roberts then went outside the White House to give a report.
“For anyone on Twitter who pound me for asking the question, I don’t care because it’s a question that needs to be asked, and of course the President’s Republican colleagues are looking for the one mile from here.” for an answer to that, ”said Roberts. ‘So stop distracting. Stop blaming the media. I’m tired of it. ‘
After that, McEnany made it personal.
“@johnrobertsFox I would refer you to your wife’s reporting from 21 hours ago … the exact coverage I quoted at the White House press conference,” McEnany wrote.
“Right now: @realDonaldTrump tells me he’s REFUSED white supremacists,” Phillips had written.
After Trump’s’ Hannity ‘appearance, Roberts tweeted:’ At Sean Hannity tonight, President Trump clearly condemned the KKK, all white supremacists and the Proud Boys. So let’s go, Kyra Phillips, ”he said, tagging his wife, who also retweeted the message.