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Scott Adams, the creator of the “Dilbert” cartoon strip, reversed course and pledged to back President Donald Trump again on Thursday after initially rejecting him in an emotional diatribe over widely debunked ‘Charlottesville’ comments.
In a viral video, Adams begins by discussing the president’s Tuesday debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden, in which moderator and Fox News host Chris Wallace pivoted to Trump and asked him to “condemn white supremacy and militia groups.”
During the exchange, Biden referenced Trump’s ‘fine people on both sides’ comments pertaining to a “Unite the Right” rally at Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 that turned deadly — comments that have been parsed time and again and repeatedly shown, in context, to prove the president never praised white supremacists or neo-Nazis.
Adams said when the former vice president brought up the subject again, he believed it to be the perfect time for President Trump to pointedly, on a national stage, reject white supremacy and racism in all its forms.
“I thought, it’s so obvious what you should say in this situation, and then he just didn’t,” Adams said. “I thought to myself, I really feel abused, honestly. I took it personally. That wasn’t politics anymore. That wasn’t politics anymore. That was me personally, and I feel like he screwed me — personally.
“And then I had to sit there, stewing in that, and that white nationalist, white supremacist question comes up, and he botched it,” he added. “It was a layup. It was free money sitting on the f**king table, and he left it there.
“And he left me on that table too, just exposed,” Adams added.
“So, he lost my vote. He lost my vote. Can he get it back? Yeah, all he’d have to do is fix that. How hard is it to fix it? Well, apparently it’s pretty f**cking hard for him because he’s taken three years since Charlottesville, and he hasn’t f**king fixed it yet. Easiest f**king thing he could ever fix,” Adams railed.
Not long after, however, Adams took to Twitter to reverse course, citing Democrat “hate.”
Today I learned that agreeing with Democrats and saying I won’t vote for Trump makes them hate me extra and threaten me. So I’ll be voting for Trump.
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) October 1, 2020
“Today I learned that agreeing with Democrats and saying I won’t vote for Trump makes them hate me extra and threaten me. So I’ll be voting for Trump,” he wrote.
In the exchange in question with Wallace, Trump responded, “sure,” when initially asked by Wallace if he was “willing to condemn” white supremacists and “militia groups.”
“Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups…” Wallace began.
“Sure, sure,” Trump interjected.
“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 (Wisconsin) and as we’ve seen in Portland?” Wallace continued.
“Sure, I’m willing to do that,” Trump said, as Wallace interrupted.
“Well, go ahead sir,” said the moderator.
“I would say that almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not the right-wing,” the president insisted. “I’m willing to do anything. I wanna see peace.”
“Then do it,” Wallace pressed.
“Do it, say it,” Biden interjected — though he, earlier, refused to specifically condemn Antifa and Black Lives Matter for their violence.
Trump paused. “You wanna call ‘em…what do you wanna call ‘em? Give me a name, give me a name,” he asked Wallace. “Who would you like me to condemn?”
“White supremacists?” Wallace offered.
“Proud Boys,” Biden said.
“Proud Boys? Stand back, and stand by,” the president said, obviously at a moment in the exchange when the topic was restoring peace and order in cities where violence has been commonplace in recent months.
For the record, Biden’s claims that Trump has never condemned white supremacy are false, as noted by FactCheck.org.
Also, a montage of Trump repeatedly — over the years and recently — specifically disavowing hate groups like the KKK, white supremacy in general and white supremacists like David Duke was posted online this week.
Here is a compilation of @realDonaldTrump condemning white supremacy at least 17 times. pic.twitter.com/nttX9vvVtw
— James Klüg (@realJamesKlug) October 1, 2020
Meanwhile, white nationalist Richard Spencer has repeatedly endorsed Biden — which the Biden campaign has rejected — but Wallace did not ask the former vice president to specifically disavow him. Also, Biden has not been forced to do so in virtually any other media forum, either.
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