"My message to the Proud Boys and every other white supremacist group is: cease and desist", Biden said. "He said that he welcomed Trump's mention and that he was proud of his group for getting it, but that he didn't see it as an endorsement".
Republican US Senator Tim Scott of SC, who is black, said Trump misspoke and called on him to correct his words.
The Proud Boys said their creed does not advocate hate, adding their views don't fit in with "the left's narrative".
Vice reports that some Proud Boys members took the President's call to "stand back and stand by" as validation to continue battling leftists in Portland. Instead, he left more room for the left to fan the flames that he is dog-whistling to white supremacists. "This is a left-wing problem", Trump said in response. "And Biden refuses to talk about it". Wallace suggested, "White supremacists and right-wing militias".
After dancing around a question to denounce racism, President Trump finally told the white supremacists group the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by". Trump is not an easy politician to cover because he doesn't speak like a normal politician.
Mr Biden has said he chose to run for president after Mr Trump said there were "very fine people" on both sides of a 2017 protest led by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counterprotester was killed.
"It's astonishing that, when asked a simple question, will you condemn white supremacists, @POTUS responded "The Proud Boys should stand back and stand by". "That's not who we are. That's not who we are as Americans".
But the only Black Republican senator called on the president to "correct" his comments. "How can you possibly, possibly, support anyone who behaves this way?"
The exchange came not long after former Vice President Joe Biden recalled the memory of deadly white supremacist violence that broke out in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017 - a moment Biden has said was pivotal in his decision to challenge Trump for the presidency.
"It was a disgrace and it's primarily because of President Trump", Tapper said.
Wallace is the one who introduced the "stand down" language - not Trump, who was doing what he was asked. "The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall", the president commented.
Tom Tillis, who is in a tight reelection race, said people in his home state were focused on economic issues and Democratic proposals on climate change or expanding the number of seats on the Supreme Court. Black Americans represent only 13 percent of the USA population, yet we represent more than one-third of the abortions each year. Adding, "this makes me so happy".
Biden called Trump a "racist" during the debate.
McCarthy quickly pivoted to criticizing Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for not calling out violence from individuals with ties to antifa, the left-wing movement that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has labeled an ideology, rather than a specific group posing a security threat. Kamala Harris, whose mother was Indian and father is Jamaican, was eligible to serve as vice-president.
The TV debate this week - the first in a series over the next few weeks - between Trump and Biden was a shambles.
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