Fact Check: Transcript Shows Trump Agreed to Condemn White Supremacists; ‘Stand By’ Followed Wallace’s Prompt

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CLAIM: President Donald Trump told white supremacists like the Proud Boys to “stand by” and did not condemn them. VERDICT: DECEPTIVE EDIT. The transcript shows Trump said “sure” when asked to condemn white supremacists. The “stand” language came from the moderator, and the “Proud Boys” were first brought up by Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Critics of the president are claiming, incorrectly, that he would not condemn white supremacists at the first presidential debate. First of all, the question itself, from moderator Chris Wallace, was absurd: Trump has condemned white supremacists repeatedly.

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