White Supremacy and the 2020 Presidential Debate

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The 2020 presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden took place on September 29th in Cleveland Ohio at Case Western Reserve University. President Donald Trump accused Joe Biden of not calling out the extremist group Antifa, but when asked to condemn white supremacy and white nationalist groups like the Ku Klux Klan and The Proud Boys he avoided the question.

The debate was moderated by Chris Wallace and his job was to ask the two candidates questions and ensure they didn’t go off on tangents. The point of Presidential debates is to see what the candidates stand for so citizens can decide for whom to vote. Most Americans can agree they obtained no information from this debate. This was caused by the excessive interruptions from Donald Trump, and name-calling and trash-talking from both speakers. One major thing viewers took away from the debate is what President Trump did not do: when asked by Chris Wallace if he was willing to condemn white supremacist groups and militias, he claimed, “almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not from the right-wing.” He then proceeded to tell the Proud Boys organization to “stand back and stand by.” This caused concern for People of Color because the President’s statement suggests he is willing to turn his cheek when they are harmed by extremists. Senior Oliva Draper shares her feelings about the president’s words:

 “Although I was filled with a sense of rage as well as disappointment, I cannot say I was surprised one bit. During his administration, the president has displayed countless times through his words and actions his apathy towards minorities as well as groups that lack respect and representation… proved further to me that his intentions lie solely within benefits for himself and people like him.” 

President Donald Trump has said multiple racist statements such as the ‘China virus’ and ‘kung flu’ in reference to Covid-19. In addition to this, there have been multiple accusations of discrimination at many of his properties. Some believe racial tensions have increased since President Trump has been elected due to him fueling the fire of white supremacist groups. Many of his supporters have defended him from this and blamed it on the extreme left-wing. Attorney General William Barr claims, “it’s the violent Antifa radical militants that are coming out under cover of night, traveling across state lines, using military-style tactics to burn down our cities.”

The debate has left many people wondering about the future of the United States. President Trump claimed that the Coronavirus Pandemic was a “hoax” and nothing to worry about. He later claimed he just said this to prevent panic in the American people. Trump has repeatedly discouraged masks with his actions and words.  The President and First Lady have now contracted Covid-19 after the debate. President Trump was hospitalized but was released from the hospital on Monday 10/5. Meanwhile, his running opponent Joe Biden and his family are COVID free as of today.