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Even 'Fox & Friends' Couldn't Believe Trump Missed 'The Biggest Layup' By Not Condemning White Supremacists

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The chaotic first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden was filled with memorable—if cringeworthy—moments, largely brought about by the President's inability to stop interrupting both his opponent and moderator Chris Wallace.

But perhaps the most notable moment was when the President was asked if he'd condemn White supremacist groups.

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Though Trump said he would denounce White supremacy, when Wallace asked him to do it, he demurred. Biden then called on him to denounce the self-described "western chauvinist" group Proud Boys, who are known to show up to racial justice protests with the intent of starting violence.

Trump responded:

"Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by, but I'll tell you what, I'll tell you what, somebody's gotta do something about antifa and the left."

Though the President claimed he did denounce the Proud Boys then later claimed not to know who they were, the group celebrated what they believed to be an endorsement. They began emblazoning "Stand back and stand by"—what they took as a call to stand by against protesters—on the group's logos.

Even conservative network Fox News, which airs some of the most widely-watched defenses of Trump, was amazed that he bungled such a softball question.

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After chastising Biden for calling Trump a clown, Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade said:

"Donald Trump ruined the biggest layup in the history of debates by not condemning White supremacists. I don't know if he didn't hear it, but he's gotta clarify that right away. That's like, 'Are you against evil?' Why the President didn't just knock it out of the park, I'm not sure."

People mocked Kilmeade for his confusion at the President's soft spot for White supremacy.






Even days after the debate, Trump's words are still generating discourse.



The next debate is set for October 15.