After Two Days of Pointless Uncertainty, Donald Trump Officially Condemns White Supremacists

Two days after refusing to denounce white supremacists during the first presidential debate, President Donald Trump condemned hate groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Proud Boys, and white nationalists more broadly, all of whom have pledged their support to the president’s reelection bid.

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The Proud Boys should “stand back and stand by,” Trump said on Tuesday when pressed by moderator Chris Wallace on the matter. The next day, the hate group’s leader gleefully interpreted Trump’s response as a tacet endorsement of its cause.

But in a phone interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday evening, Trump finally did the decent thing, although the bar was awfully low to begin with.

“I condemn the KKK. I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys,” Trump said. “I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that.”

As Trump does, however, the president hastily deflected and shifted the focus to former Vice President Joe Biden, his Democratic challenger, and Antifa, whom Trump has unjustly designated a domestic terrorist organization.

“[Biden] should condemn also Antifa,” Trump added. “Antifa is a horrible group of people.”

Antifa is an abbreviation for “anti-Fascist” and is not an official organization. It is an idea shared by people across the United States who fear an authoritarian takeover of the government – the exact type of coup Trump and the Republicans are plotting.

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