President Donald Trump on Tuesday refused an opportunity to disavow right-wing extremists and white supremacist groups.
At his first 2020 presidential debate, Trump was asked if he would speak out against the extremist groups.
"Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacist and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down?" moderator Chris Wallace asked the president.
"I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing," Trump complained. "I'm willing to do anything. I want to see peace."
"Do it, sir," Wallace said.
"Say it," Democratic candidate Joe Biden chimed in.
"What do you want to call them?" Trump asked. "Give me a name."
"Proud Boys," Biden volunteered.
"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by!" Trump bellowed. "I'll tell you what. Somebody has got to do something about antifa. This is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem!"
Watch the video below from ABC.
Donald Trump tells the violent far-right group "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by" https://t.co/wldCJRjl0F— Jason Campbell (@Jason Campbell)1601432138.0