McConnell Weighs in on Trump’s Failure to Condemn White Supremacists During Debate

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is suggesting President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to condemn white supremacists and extremist groups during the first presidential debate on Tuesday night was “unacceptable.”

McConnell echoed remarks made by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) earlier on Wednesday.

A reporter pressed McConnell on which remarks he is referring to.

“He said it was unacceptable not to condemn white supremacists and so I do so in the strongest possible way,” McConnell said.

Another reporter noted Trump told the right-wing Proud Boys group to “stand by” and “stand back” and asked McConnell if it was appropriate for him to say that.

He responded, “I think I just answered that question.”

Watch his comments below:

McConnell was asked if Trump’s debate performance hurts his Republican colleagues.

“No, I don’t know any of my colleagues who will have problems as a result of that,” McConnell said.

Scott told reporters he believes Trump should correct his remarks about white supremacists.

“I think he misspoke in response to Chris Wallace’s comment, he was asking Chris what he wanted to say. I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it. If he doesn’t correct it, I guess he didn’t misspeak,” Scott said.

Trump attempted to clarify his comments about the Proud Boys on Wednesday, as IJR previously reported.

“I don’t know who the Proud Boys are. I mean you’ll have to give me a definition because I really don’t know who they are,” Trump said.

The president’s remarks on white supremacy garnered reactions from Democratic lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

Warren explained during an appearance on CNBC Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy is an example of how Trump “made it clear that he cannot be trusted as leader of our nation.”

Pelosi told MSNBC she lost “a lot of sleep” over his remarks.


  1. Hey, I’m too lazy to look it up myself, so can anyone tell me: on what date, in what article, is Donald Trump quoted as denouncing the KKK or white supremacy in general.

    What’s clear to me, if not to anybody else, is that Trump needs white supremacists the same way Hitler needed his Brownshirts. I’m not saying Trump is Hitler; Donald’s acting like a fascist, but he’s only 10% the civilizational disaster Adolf was. What Trump wants his Proud Bois for is to have a streetfighting militia, ready to bring the threat of violence to the polls, in case some lunatic radicalized majority seems ready to vote him out.

  2. Ken – thats a straight up lie. Biden has condemned the rioting and violence throughout summer and even in the debate. He also has called for anyone who has been rioting and destroying property to be held accountable under the law.

    Just because your candidate can’t give a straight answer on the topic doesn’t mean others are struggling with the right answer. Biden’s base is not the rioters – he doesn’t need to tip toe.

  3. “In his defense, I didn’t think that he even knew what he was saying at that moment.” Ed

    All the more reason for him to not be president, then, Ed. If one cannot get his rhetoric on racism or white nationalism straight, then that person should not hold public office.

  4. Biden has yet to condemn any of the “peaceful” rioting going in our cities.
    His silence just encourages these people.
    Why doesn’t Biden, the Democrat’s alleged leader, tell these people to stop.
    Why? Because Biden is just the puppet and place holder for Harris.

  5. In his defense, I didn’t think that he even knew what he was saying at that moment. I think he was kind of panicking and just blurted something out. He probably didn’t want to outright condemn a group that his opponent is strongly against, because it would look like he was surrendering. Part of the game is to disagree with everything that your opponent supports.

  6. Don’t be confused, Ken.

    King Donald The Loser refused to denounce David Duke in EXACTLY the same manner as how he did it during the debate.

  7. I suggest you look back to 2016 when Trump denounced the KKK and other similar groups.

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