Update 09/30/2020 1:45am:
The highlight of Tuesday night's debate was undoubtedly the president's refusal to offer a full-throated condemnation of the white supremacist group, the Proud Boys, and other organizations like it. Speaking with Gayle King following the debate, Donald Trump Jr. said that his father misspoke when he was pressed about the Proud Boys. Don Jr. said his father is "more than happy" to condemn white supremacists. "I don't know if that was a misspeak, but he was talking about having them stand down," said Trump Jr.
Original 09/29/2020 11:34pm:
The first of three presidential debates took place on Tuesday night in Cleveland, OH, and garnered much attention as the nation watched the two major candidates for president verbally duke it out. During the debate (if it could be called that), Trump was asked to condemn white supremacist groups to which Trump sidestepped. Instead of explicitly condemning the white supremacist groups, Trump seemingly reaffirmed his allegiance to his mostly far-right base.
“I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not the right-wing,” Trump said in response to the question about condemning white supremacists. “I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.” When moderator Chris Wallace pressed further, Trump said, “What do you want to call them? Give me a name. Give me a name?”
When the name "Proud Boys" was tossed out, Trump finally said, with a caveat, “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."