At a Warm Springs, Georgia campaign event on Tuesday, Joe Biden reiterated his “Trump is a racist, and I’m not” messaging for tens of excited voters.
“God and history have called us to this moment and to this mission: with our voices and our votes, we must free ourselves from the forces of darkness, from the forces of division, and from the forces of yesterday — from the forces that pull us apart, hold us down, and hold us back,” Biden said. “And if we do so, we will once more become one nation, under God, indivisible. A nation united. A nation strengthened. A nation healed.
“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 continued, sounding nothing so much like a third-grader tattling on a classmate.
In response, the Trump campaign released a new 5-minute video compiling the many, many times that the president has condemned white supremacy over the years.
From Fox News:
The Trump campaign on Tuesday released a video compiling more than three dozen times President Trump has denounced White supremacy, as his Democratic rival Joe Biden and his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris of California continue to claim this week on the campaign trail that he has failed to do so.
The Trump campaign rolled out a nearly 5-minute-long video of the president, featuring video clips from as recently as this month, to his 2016 presidential campaign, and dating all the way back to an interview Trump gave to Matt Lauer in the early 2000s, where he denounced White supremacy and “disavowed” White supremacist groups.
“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. Enough is enough.”
Here’s a look at the video, which will be featured on YouTube over the next few days:
The “Trump won’t condemn white supremacists” trope is a narrative that refuses to die, which is why the president likes to sidestep the question from time to time. Why should he answer it as if it were a legitimate media inquiry? To answer it is to grant it weight and gravitas, and it deserves neither.