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.

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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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White House says there’s no need to clarify Trump’s response to white supremacists debate question

President Trump’s team doesn’t think he did anything wrong at Tuesday’s night’s debate, especially when it came to denouncing white supremacists.

Trump’s refusal to denounce far-right extremists led even Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade to declare the president blew “the biggest layup in the history of debates” and ask Trump to “clear it up.” But when Fox News tried to do just that with White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah on Wednesday morning, Farah said “I don’t think that there’s anything to clarify. He told them to stand back.”

Trump campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley also didn’t think there was anything wrong with Trump telling the far-right Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” “He wants them to get out of the way,” Gidley said.

But Proud Boy members didn’t take it that way. As NBC News reports, the group’s chat rooms and social media accounts lit up with praise for Trump after his refusal to denounce them, and some even turned Trump’s words into a meme and rallying cry, calling Trump the “general of the Proud Boys.”

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