President Donald Trump has repeatedly denounced white supremacy despite claims by his critics and a new campaign video aims to finally put the issue to rest.
The Trump campaign rolled out a new video Tuesday to shut down Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris who have continued to spread the false claims that the president has failed to denounce white supremacist groups. Trump has repeatedly defended himself from the accusations that he is a racist and won’t disavow the groups, and the new video offers a nearly 5-minute-long compilation proving it with more than three dozen examples.
“President Trump wants to prosecute the KKK as a terrorist organization and has condemned White supremacy at least 38 times. 38 times!” a senior Trump campaign official told Fox News.
“The Biden campaign continues to sow division and inflame racial tension by spreading this false narrative,” the campaign official added. “Enough is enough.”
The claims have been circulated in ongoing in attacks on the president since the first year of his presidency. The campaign official called it a “dead issue” and told Fox News that “anyone who continues to ask about it is using a question to disguise their accusations and smear the president.”
The new campaign ad delivered 38 instances of the president denouncing white supremacist groups, from comments made just in the past few weeks to those made during his 2016 presidential campaign. One clip in the video ad goes back to the early 2000’s in an interview with then-NBC host Matt Lauer.
The video began with Trump’s recent townhall with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in which he doubled down on the issue when asked to clarify what he had already asserted during his debate with Biden.
“I denounce White supremacy, okay,” Trump said during that townhall. “I denounce White supremacy, I have, for years.”
“You didn’t ask Joe Biden if he denounces Antifa,” he said at one point. “I denounce White supremacy, and you want to know something, I denounce Antifa.”
The president has been falsely attacked on his stance toward white supremacy going back to 2017 when white nationalists and counter-protesters broke out into violence in Charlottesville, Va. Trump said that there were good people on “both sides” and has been repeatedly bashed by critics who claim he defended the group.
Trump locked horns with Biden over the topic at the first presidential debate when Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked him to “denounce white supremacists and militia groups.”
“Sure, I’m willing to do that, but I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not the right-wing. I am willing to do anything. I want to see peace,” Trump responded.
“Who do you want me to condemn?” he said. “What do you want to call them? Give me a name.”
“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” Trump replied when Biden interrupted to name the group.
“But I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what, somebody has got to do something about Antifa and the left. Because this is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem,” he added.
The Trump campaign ad also took aim at Biden’s relationship with the late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.
“The person who needs to condemn White supremacy is Joe Biden, who praised a former KKK Exalter Cyclops as his ‘mentor’ and ‘friend,’” the ad stated, referring to the longest-serving senator in American history who died in 2010 after he had said he regretted once being a member of the Klu Klux Klan.
“He had fanned the flames of hate and given comfort to those who spread it,” Biden campaign National Press Secretary Jamal Brown slammed the president and the new campaign ad, telling Fox News that “through his nearly four years in office, Donald Trump has only ever sought to divide us.”
“Vice President Biden today laid out a different vision for our future,” he added.
Biden continued to attack Trump on the false claims again at a campaign event in Warm Springs, Ga. on Tuesday.
“Donald Trump fails to condemn White supremacy, doesn’t believe that systemic racism is a problem, and won’t say that Black lives matter,” Biden said.
Apparently the former vice president is hoping Americans have not been listening to the president’s clear remarks and strong stand against white supremacists over the years.
“In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” Trump said in a White House speech highlighted in the campaign ad. “These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America.”