The people at Fox News are trying to find words to defend Donald Trump’s disgraceful during the first presidential debate against Democratic opponent Joe Biden Tuesday night, and they are coming up short.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade tried to excuse for Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists, but he came up empty and compared his refusal to supporting “evil”.
Trump was asked by debate moderator Chris Wallace to condemn white supremacist and militia groups that tend to support him, but Trump not only refused to do so but appeared to encourage their violence.
“Sure, I’m willing to, but I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing,” Trump told Wallace, a Fox News anchor. “I’m willing to do anything, I want to see peace.”
Trump asked who he should condemn, and Joe Biden twice urged him to denounce the neo-fascist Proud Boys.
“Proud Boys — stand back and stand by,” Trump said. “But I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem.”
Kilmeade tried — but failed — to find an excuse for the president’s failure.
“Donald Trump ruined the biggest layup in the history of debates by not condemning white supremacists,” Kilmeade said. “I don’t know if he didn’t hear it, but he’s got to clarify that right away,” he said, before adding: “That’s like ‘are you against evil’.”
“Why the president didn’t just knock it out of the park, I’m not sure,” he added.
Brian Kilmeade: "Donald Trump ruined the biggest layup in the history of debates by not condemning white supremists. I don't know if he didn't hear it, but he's gotta clarify that right away. … Why the president didn't just knock it out of the park, I'm not sure." pic.twitter.com/Qo52jBDTPl
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 30, 2020