“I’ve said it many times, let me be clear again,” Trump told Fox News on Thursday night.
“The condemnation of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), the condemnation of all supporters of white supremacy, the condemnation of Proud Boys (PB),” he added, referring to a nationalist group he urged on Tuesday in his debate with Biden, “be prepared.”
Urged in Tuesday night’s debate by journalist Chris Wallace to explicitly condemn supporters of white supremacy, the White House tenant dodged.
Trump urged the Proud Boys to “stand aside and be prepared.”
Delighted by the presidential formula, this paramilitary group immediately adopted the slogan and posted on social media a logo with the message “Stand aside, be prepared” (“Stand Back, Stand By”).
Trump made the remarks after being criticized for encouraging the group.
“I don’t know much about them, but I condemn them,” Trump said in a statement to Fox News about white supremacist groups.
He opposes changing the rules of the debate
On the other hand, the Republican billionaire opposes changing the rules of future debates with Joe Biden, after the first televised duel – chaotic – with the former American vice president.
The commission tasked with organizing election debates in the United States on Wednesday announced new additional measures to “maintain order” in the next two clashes between candidates for the White House seat.
“Why would I authorize the Debate Committee to change the rules in the second and third debates, once we have easily won the first one?”, The American president wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
The Republican billionaire stressed – without presenting any concrete evidence – that he is the big winner of his confrontation with his Democratic rival.
“I won the debate widely, according to a compilation of polls, etc.”, he wrote on the social network, without giving explanations about “etc”.
Despite repeated attempts, Chris Wallace, an experienced Fox News presenter, could not stop the debate between the two septuagenarians from becoming chaos.
“I am saddened by the way the evening went,” the journalist said in an interview with The New York Times (NYT). “I would never have imagined that (the debate) would derail in this way,” he confessed.
The next two presidential debates are scheduled for October 15 and 22 in Miami, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee, respectively.
Republican Vice President Mike Pence faces Joe Biden’s running mate, Senator Kamala Harris, on Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“We don’t want any change,” Donald Trump’s adviser on the Jason Miller election campaign told Reuters.
But representatives of the billionaire’s election campaign did not respond when asked if Trump agreed to abide by the rules.