On Wednesday, New York magazine ran a piece by black staff writer Zak Cheney-Rice titled “We Can Probably Stop Asking Trump If He’s a White Supremacist.” The implication was not that Donald Trump has thoroughly disavowed white supremacy — which, despite the Left’s claims to the contrary, he has done on countless occasions (see the video below) — but that the president left no doubt that he is during Tuesday’s debate. At one point in the debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked whether the president was willing to condemn white supremacists and militia group and to say that they need to stand down. Trump responded by saying, “Sure, I’m willing to do that.” A disinterested observer would regard that answer as a fulfillment of Wallace’s request, but Wallace followed up with “Are you prepared specifically to do it.” After several exchanges peppered with interruptions by Biden, the president said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”
It’s probably worth noting that Proud Boys has black members, which renders absurd the claim that they are white supremacists. In fact, here’s one of them, a chapter leader, denouncing white supremacy:
“I will go out and say that the #ProudBoys as a whole, I will say this on behalf of the entire national organization, denounce white supremacy." – Thad, Chief of the Proud Boys Salt Lake Utah Chapter pic.twitter.com/WGlUEx3jeF
— 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐞𝐞 (@brian_schnee) October 1, 2020
In any case, once Trump spoke heads exploded all over America. “Trump Refuses to Condemn White Nationalism at Debate” blared a headline at The Atlantic, while the Los Angeles Times was more analytical, asking, “Why can’t Trump just disavow white supremacists?” seeming to answer its own question with “Why should anyone want him as president?”
Last night Trump gave the nation the full monty on Sean Hannity’s show on the Fox News Channel, according to The Hill, announcing, “I’ve said it many times, and let me be clear again: I condemn the [Ku Klux Klan]. 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.”
They tried this same garbage in 2016. pic.twitter.com/x4dxAJUpm4
— Abigail Marone 🇺🇸 (@abigailmarone) October 1, 2020
Joe Biden, meanwhile, refuses to condemn Antifa, which he referred to in the same debate as “an idea, not an organization.” Despite remaining silent for months about the damage that they or Black Lives Matter have inflicted on American cities, he now offers a blanket reply when asked, claiming that he condemns all violence regardless of the source. Imagine Donald Trump trying to get away with the same thing.
Better still, recall this Biden moment from 2008:
The Biden sloganeers are right: 2020 election really is a war for America’s soul.