Two days after the first presidential debate, in which President Donald Trump refused to direct condemnation of racist groups that believe in the supremacy of the white race, Trump condemned these groups during his interview with Fox News Network, Thursday evening, after he was widely criticized by senior leaders of the Republican Party.
In a phone interview with the famous Sean Hannity program, Trump said, “I condemn the racist Ku Klux Klan … I condemn all white racists … I condemn the Brad Boys, and I don’t know much about him, no Almost something, but I owe it. “
“But Joe Biden should condemn Antifa as well,” Trump added. “Antifa is a terrible group of people.”
Celebrate the racists
Trump appeared angry when interviewer Chris Wallace asked him whether he would be willing to condemn white supremacists and the new fascist group known as the “Brad Boys”.
Trump responded, addressing this group, “Back off a little and be prepared,” indicating in his response the need to consider the leftist organization Antifa.
After the debate, many sites affiliated with the fascist organization, the Proud Boys, celebrated President Trump’s response and his refusal to condemn them.
After the presidential debate ended, members of right-wing white supremacist racist groups exchanged congratulations and celebrated President Trump’s comments on platforms like Parler and Telegram.
“It makes me so happy,” Joe Biggs posted on social media, and the post was viewed 12,000 times in two hours.
Biggs followed up on this post with a slogan adopting the president’s statement on the night of debate as the slogan for the Broad Boys organization, and was viewed more than 9,000 times in one hour on the Parler platform.
Biggs is a supporter of the Brad Boys, and has organized protests against Black Lives Matter in Portland.
It should be noted that the Proud Boys organization was founded in 2016 by media activist Gavin McCannis, in order to correct political attitudes and fight “white guilt”.
She participated in rallies across the United States, many of which turned violent, including a violent clash with protesters in Portland, Oregon, in 2018.
She also participated in the “Unite with the Right” march along with other white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, which resulted in the death of a woman and the injury of dozens, and Trump refused to condemn the group at the time.
Wide public anger
In a rare case, senior congressional Republican Party leaders called on President Trump to correct his stance – which appeared to him during the presidential debate – towards white racist groups in a direct and unambiguous manner.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he shared the same views with Senator and the only black Republican Senator, Tim Scott, who urged the president to correct his comments.
“It is unacceptable not to condemn white supremacists, and he should do so in the strongest way possible,” McConnell said.
After the debate, Senator Tim Scott called on President Trump to acknowledge his mistake and correct it immediately.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and one of the president’s most important and strongest allies, tweeted; “I agree that President Trump needs to make it clear that the Brad Boys are a racist organization that goes against American ideals.”
The daily White House press conference witnessed a clash between White House spokeswoman Kelly McNani and media representatives about whether President Trump had strongly condemned white supremacist groups or not, and McNani attacked the journalists, seeing that they were asking “partisan offensive questions.”
For his part, John Roberts, Fox Network correspondent at the White House, criticized McCannani for refusing to submit a “final, clear and unambiguous” statement condemning the white supremacist groups on behalf of President Trump, considering that they deviated by referring only to his previous statements.
Risks and concerns
For the first time since its formation after the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security last year added groups believing in white supremacy to its list of priority threats in its counterterrorism strategy.
Kevin McCallinan, the former acting minister, said in a speech at the Brookings Institution that his department is intensifying its focus on what he called “targeted violence”, where the attacker chooses the target out of hatred.
McCallinan added that racism and anti-Semitism fueled attacks in several churches, temples and public places in California and Texas.
FBI data supports fears of white racist groups, and its official statistics indicate that more people have been killed in America in the past few years than attacks committed by foreign terrorists.
In front of Congress, FBI Director Chris Ray recently asserted that most domestic terrorist attacks are racially motivated, most of them by white supremacists.