Tim Scott signals White House about getting Trump to ‘correct’ debate exchange on white supremacists
Sen. Tim Scott said he told the White House that President Trump should “correct” his statement in response to a debate question about white supremacists.
The lone black Republican currently in the Senate said on Wednesday that he believes the president “misspoke” during the first face-off against former Vice President Joe Biden that was moderated by Fox News’s Chris Wallace.
“I think he misspoke in response to Chris Wallace’s comment. He was asking Chris what he wanted to say, I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it, if he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak,” the South Carolina senator told reporters, according to CNN.
“I’ve already sent my comments to the chief of staff,” Scott noted, referring to Mark Meadows.
During the debate, Wallace asked Trump if he would also denounce far-right militias and white supremacist groups who have participated in violence.
Trump initially responded that he was “willing to do that,” but he did not explicitly condemn any group.
“Do you want to call them — what do you want to call them? Give me a name,” Trump asked Wallace before addressing a specific right-wing group, the Proud Boys.
“Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by. But 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,” he said.
The Trump campaign has attempted to downplay the president’s remarks at the debate, with spokesman Hogan Gidley saying Trump has condemned white supremacists in the past.
Earlier on Wednesday another Republican in the upper chamber, Sen. Mitt Romney, told reporters that “of course” Trump should have condemned white supremacists when given the opportunity during the debate.
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