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Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists in wild debate: 'Stand back and stand by'

By Leonard Greene, New York Daily News on

Published in Political News

We're still waiting.

The worst presidential debate in American history is still ringing in our ears, and we're still waiting for the president of the United States to do something as simple as condemn white supremacy, and he still hasn't done it.

Not on stage. Not in a statement.

Not even in a tweet.

If you're looking for a takeaway from what CNN's Jake Tapper described as " a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck," look no further than President Trump's big wet kiss on the lips to the groups that fan the flames of racial hatred in this country and keep America divided.

"Are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and groups to say they need to stand down and not add to the violence and number of the cities as we saw in Kenosha and in Portland," asked Fox News' Chris Wallace, who looked more like an inept wrestling referee than he did a debate moderator on Tuesday night as Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden went toe-to-toe on national TV.

 

"Proud Boys," the president said in the heated exchange. "Stand back, and stand by."

The only thing missing was a whistle.

That there was no follow-up question from Wallace was another crime entirely, but we can deal with that another time.

For now, we can wallow in the reality that the leader of the free world just gave a new sound-bite slogan to a far-right organization that admits only men as members and promotes and engages in political violence and hates everything that has to do with Muslims and immigration.

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