President Donald Trump was given a chance during the first presidential debate to denounce white supremacists and militias that have been responsible for incidents of violence and death at rallies during the last few months.
Instead, he deflected and told one of those groups to, “stand back and stand by.”
Moderator Chris Wallace brought up the militias and hate groups during the part of the debate focused on “law and order,” and asked the president if he would call on those groups to end their violence. During an Aug. 25 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting of Jacob Blake, an Illinois teen who was allegedly part of a militia, shot three protesters, killing two, according to police.
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