Trump hesitates to condemn white supremacists as he debates race issues with Biden

Vastavam Web: US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden clashed over the issue of race in America in the first presidential debate wherein the Republican leader hesitated to condemn white supremacists. During the debate in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump, “Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down?”

“I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not the right wing,” Trump replied. I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace. When pressed further, he said, “Give me a name”, to which Biden chimed in, “Proud Boys”, referring to a far-right outfit that has been designated as a hate group by the nonprofit legal advocacy organisation, Southern Poverty Law Centre.

Biden and Trump were responding to questions on why voters should trust them rather than their opponents to deal with the race issues facing the US.

It’s about equity and equality. It’s about decency. It’s about the Constitution. And we have never walked away from trying to require equity for everyone, equality for the whole of America, but we’ve never accomplished it. But we’ve never walked away from it like he has done, Biden said.

Trump also accused Biden of abandoning the nation’s law enforcement. You can’t even say the word ‘law enforcement’ because if you say those words you’re going to lose all of your radical-left supporters. And why aren’t you saying those words, Joe?…Because you know what, if they call us in Portland, we would put out the fire and a half an hour. But they won’t do it because they’re run by radical-left Democrats,” he said.

source: PTI