Presidential debate 2020: Trump won't condemn white supremacists, Biden attacks Covid response

Published on Sep 30, 2020

Donald Trump and Joe Biden have clashed in the first of three one-on-one debates in the run up to the 2020 US presidential election.

The debate quickly descended into chaos with Trump speaking over his opponent so frequently he was chastised by Fox News moderator Chris Wallace on multiple occasions.

In one particularly jarring exchange, Mr Trump refused to categorically denounce white supremacists despite being given several opportunities. He insisted extremist violence was "not a right-wing problem".

Pressed further, he said: "What do you want to call them? Give me a name."

Finally he answered, naming a notorious American far-right group, saying: "Proud Boys - stand back, stand by, but I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not right-wing problem. This is a left wing problem."


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