Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has declared that President Donald Trump is a white supremacist following the first of three presidential debates, following an exchange with debate moderator Chris Wallace, who asked Trump to condemn white supremacist groups despite the president having repeatedly done so in the past.
“Donald Trump is a white supremacist. People have been warning about this for a long time. They were ridiculed, called hyperbolic & radical – not bc they were wrong, but bc others couldn’t accept that our country elected a supremacist as President,” Ocasio-Cortez in a response to a clip of the exchange.
“This is fascism at our door,” she said.
At one point during the debate, Wallace falsely implied that Trump refused to condemn white supremacy and called on him to do so, despite Trump frequently doing so in the past.
"In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul." stated Trump following the El Paso shooting on August 5, 2019.
Wallace challenged Trump to condemn right-wing groups and white supremacists to which Trump replied “sure” and pointed out that much of the ongoing violence is perpetrated by left-wing groups such as Antifa. Wallace: You have repeatedly criticized the vice president for not specifically calling out Antifa and other left-wing extremist groups. But are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia group and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland?
Trump: Sure, I’m willing to do that.
Wallace: Are you prepared specifically to do it?
Trump: I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing not from the right wing.
Wallace: But what are you saying?
Trump: I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.
Wallace: Well, do it, sir.
Biden: Say it, do it, say it.
Trump: What do you want to call them? Give me a name, give me a name, go ahead who do you want me to condemn.
Wallace: White supremacists and right-wing militia.
Trump: Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem; this is a left wing problem.
The media’s repeated claims that Trump is a white supremacist contradicts his efforts to designate both the Klu Klux Klan and Antifa as terrorist organizations. Antifa used to be known as Anti-Racist Action in the 1980’s, and follows the very distinct ideology of Anti-Racism as popularized by academic Ibram X. Kendi and other proponents of Critical Race Theory, which claims that white people should feel guilty for the color of their skin.