Black Republican Senator Tim Scott characterizes Trump endorsement of white supremacy as a misunderstanding

Donald Trump at the 2020 Presidential debate
Julio Cortez – Associated Press
Anyone who was able to sit through the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden would agree on two things: it was a “shit show” (that’s quoting from CNN’s Dana Bash – live, on-air commentary), and Donald Trump is a supporter of white supremacists

When asked about by debate moderator, Chris Wallace, to denounce white supremacists – specifically the right wing group, The Proud Boys, who have escalated tensions at police brutality protests throughout the country, Trump was unable to do so.

Trump instead answered that he would tell the group “stand back and stand by”, which to many sounded more like a call for delayed action.

The shock of a sitting United States President refusing to denounce white supremacy during a presidential debate was disturbing to many. Many, not all.

South Carolina’s Tim Scott, for one, doesn’t think it’s a big deal, saying he believes Trump “misspoke”, and is hoping Trump corrects the record the first chance he gets: “I think he misspoke in response to Chris Wallace’s comment. He was asking Chris what he wanted [him] to say, I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it. If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak.”

Tim Scott
Tim Scott / Twitter
As Scott, the single black Republican senator, ponders the true meaning behind Trump’s very clear words, the Proud Boys have been riding a publicity high, after having the Commander In-Chief acknowledged them on national TV during a high-profile debate.

One group member posted on the messaging app Telegram, “F— it! Let’s go back to Portland.” Another posted a t-shirt with Trump’s words printed on them.

Despite the outrage towards Trump’s comments, unsurprisingly most Republicans leaders remain mum on the issue.

Stacey Mickles

Stacey Mickles is a native of Birmingham, AL and has worked as a lifestyle reporter and sports writer over the years.

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