Trump sidesteps white supremacist condemnation during first debate

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump danced around a question from moderator Chris Wallace about whether he was willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups.

“I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not the right wing,” Trump responded. “I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.”
When pressed further, Trump said, “What do you want to call them? Give me a name. Give me a name?”

It was Biden who said, "Proud Boys" into the microphone.

Then Trump said, “Proud Boys — Stand back, stand by, but I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not right-wing problem..... This is a left wing problem."

Shortly after, Twitter rumbled with screen shots showing where the group Proud Boys responded on social media.

Trump infamously said there were good people “on both sides” after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to the death of a counterprotester.