Trump tells Proud Boys: 'Stand back and stand by'

President Donald Trump declined to clearly condemn white supremacist groups and their role in violence during Tuesday's first presidential debate, at one point telling the neo-fascist group "Proud Boys" to "stand back and stand by." (Sept. 29)

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CHRIS WALLACE: You have repeatedly criticized the Vice President for not specifically calling out Antifa and other left-wing--

DONALD TRUMP: That's right.

CHRIS WALLACE: --extremist groups. But are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups--

DONALD TRUMP: Sure.

CHRIS WALLACE: --and to say that they need to stand down, and not add to the violence in a number of these cities, as we saw in Kenosha, and as we've seen in Portland?

DONALD TRUMP: Sure I'm willing--

CHRIS WALLACE: Are you prepared to specifically--

DONALD TRUMP: --to do that. But I would say--

CHRIS WALLACE: Well, go ahead, sir.

DONALD TRUMP: I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not from the right-wing.

CHRIS WALLACE: So what do you--

DONALD TRUMP: If you look--

CHRIS WALLACE: What are you saying--

DONALD TRUMP: I'm willing to do anything. I want to see peace.

CHRIS WALLACE: Well then do it, sir.

JOE BIDDEN: Then say it-- do it, say it.

DONALD TRUMP: You want to call them-- What do you want to call them? Give me a name. Give me a name.

CHRIS WALLACE: White supremacists.

DONALD TRUMP: Go ahead.

JOE BIDDEN: White supremacists.

DONALD TRUMP: Who would you like me to condemn?

JOE BIDDEN: The Proud Boys.

CHRIS WALLACE: White supremacists and right-wing militia.

DONALD TRUMP: The Proud Boys stand back and stand by, but I'll tell you what-- I'll tell you what, somebody has got to do something about Antifa, and the left, because this is not a right-wing problem, this is a left-wing problem.

JOE BIDEN: His own FBI director said--

DONALD TRUMP: This is a left-wing problem.

JOE BIDDEN: the threat [INAUDIBLE] white supremacists.

CHRIS WALLACE: Go ahead, sir.

JOE BIDDEN: Antifa is an idea, not an organization.

DONALD TRUMP: Oh, you've got to be kidding.

JOE BIDDEN: Not militia.

DONALD TRUMP: Oh, really?

JOE BIDDEN: That's what his FBI--

DONALD TRUMP: It's an idea?

JOE BIDDEN: --his FBI--

DONALD TRUMP: OK.

JOE BIDDEN: --director said.

CHRIS WALLACE: Gentleman--

DONALD TRUMP: Well, then you know what? He's wrong.

CHRIS WALLACE: No, no. We're done. We're done, sir

JOE BIDDEN: Everybody--

CHRIS WALLACE: We're moving on to the next--

JOE BIDDEN: Everybody--

CHRIS WALLACE: We're moving--

JOE BIDDEN: --gives you advice in your administration--

DONALD TRUMP: When a bat hits you over the head that's not an idea. Antifa is bad.

JOE BIDDEN: Everybody in your administration tells you the truth is a bad idea.

DONALD TRUMP: Can I tell you what?

JOE BIDDEN: You have no idea--

DONALD TRUMP: Antifa is a dangerous--

CHRIS WALLACE: All right--

DONALD TRUMP: --radical group.

CHRIS WALLACE: --gentleman, we're now moving on to the Trump and Bidden records.

DONALD TRUMP: And you ought to be careful of them. They'll overthrow you in two seconds.

CHRIS WALLACE: When a president-- I'm gonna ask a question.