Editor’s note: After the submission of Deroy Murdock’s column but prior to publication, Trump once again denounced all white supremacists and denounced the Proud Boys while saying he knew little about the group.
(Headline USA) Tuesday night’s demolition derby/presidential debate featured this particular collision on the Fox News Channel.
Moderator Chris Wallace asked President Donald J. Trump if he would tell white supremacists such as the Proud Boys to “stand down.”
Trump then said “stand back and stand by” to the Proud Boys, a group which—surprisingly for alleged white bigots—is run by Enrique Tarrio, a brown-skinned American of Afro-Cuban ancestry. (The Anti-Defamation League reports that “its members represent a range of ethnic backgrounds, and its leaders vehemently protest any allegations of racism.”)
Trump then accurately blamed America’s four months of riots and arson on the far-Left, including ANTIFA.
Biden, in response, did not tell ANTIFA to stand down, stand back, or even stand by. Far more gingerly than Trump treated the Proud Boys, Biden announced that “ANTIFA is an idea, not an organization,” perhaps like Karl Marx’s Labor Theory of Value.
President Trump Wednesday told journalists that the Proud Boys should “stand down. Let law enforcement do their work.”
Nonetheless, Hate Trump, Inc. is using Trump’s missed opportunity as a tool to echo Biden’s recent question to CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “Have you ever heard this president say one negative thing about white supremacists? Have you ever heard it?”
Yes, Sleepy Joe. Trump repeatedly has denounced and battled white supremacists, even when you didn’t.
Indeed, a Feb. 11 FactCheck.org headline declared: “Trump Has Condemned White Supremacists.”
Like nearly every leftist, Biden obsessively repeats the lie that Trump called white supremacists “very fine people” during and after the racial melee in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Trump did no such thing.
- There were “very fine people, on both sides,” in Charlottesville, “protesting very quietly the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee,” Trump said Aug. 15, 2017. He specified: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists—because they should be condemned totally.” He also called them “rough, bad people.”
With this incessantly parroted Leftist lie now detonated, Biden, the Trump-loathing media and their ilk should study the video compilations by Grabien and YouTube that document at least 20 different occasions, among many others, on which Trump has rebuked white supremacy and racial hatred:
- “I totally disavow the Ku Klux Klan,” candidate Trump said on March 3, 2016. “I totally disavow David Duke,” the Klan’s former Grand Wizard.
- In his maiden speech to Congress, President Trump said on Feb. 28, 2017: “Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.”
- “We must never ignore the vile poison of anti-Semitism, or those who spread its venomous creed,” Trump declared in his Feb. 5, 2019 State of the Union address. “With one voice, we must confront this hatred anywhere and everywhere it occurs.”
- “The shooter in El Paso posted a manifesto online consumed by racist hate,” Trump said that Aug. 5, after an apparent bigot opened fire in Texas. “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.”
- Going beyond words, Trump deported the ultimate white supremacist—Nazi death-camp guard Jakiw Palij—in January 2019. Palij moved to America in 1949, was exposed, stripped of U.S. citizenship in 2003, and ordered deported in 2004. He then relaxed in America for 15 years, until Donald J. Trump finally booted his Hitler-loving, Jew-hating ass to Germany.
Obama–Biden had two terms in office to do this.
Rather than lie constantly about President Trump’s alleged refusal to condemn white supremacists, Joe Biden should apologize for letting a Nazi Jew killer sleep soundly in his Queens, New York bed for eight long years.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.