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Thu Oct 1, 2020, 03:20 AM

G.O.P. Alarmed by Trump's Comments on Extremist Group, Fearing a Drag on the Party.

'For the second time in two weeks, Republicans distanced themselves from the president, expressing unease about his failure to disavow a right-wing organization linked with white supremacy and acts of violence.

President Trump’s refusal to condemn an extremist right-wing group in his first debate with Joseph R. Biden Jr. sent a shudder through the Republican Party at a critical moment in the 2020 campaign on Wednesday, as prominent lawmakers expressed unease about Mr. Trump’s conduct amid mounting fears that it could damage the party on Election Day.

It was the second time in two weeks that a collection of party leaders broke with Mr. Trump over behavior they regarded as beyond the pale. Last week, Republicans distanced themselves from Mr. Trump’s unwillingness to promise a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election.

This time, the subject was racist extremism and the president’s response to a demand from Mr. Biden during Tuesday night’s debate that he denounce the Proud Boys, an organization linked with white supremacy and acts of violence. Mr. Trump answered by telling the group to “stand back and stand by,” a message taken by members of the organization as a virtual endorsement.

On Wednesday, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, called it “unacceptable not to condemn white supremacists,” without criticizing Mr. Trump by name, while Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the president should “make it clear Proud Boys is a racist organization antithetical to American ideals.”

The exchange on white supremacy provided one of the most inflammatory moments of a debate that unfolded as a chaotic spectacle, as Mr. Trump hijacked the proceedings with interruptions and mockery that left elected officials, foreign observers, business leaders, rank-and-file voters, the moderator and one of the two candidates onstage agog at the unseemly antics of a sitting president. The behavior prompted the commission that oversees presidential debates to say it would make changes to the format for this year’s remaining matchups, including, potentially, the ability to shut off a candidate’s microphone.'>>>

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/30/us/politics/trump-debate-white-supremacy.html?

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 03:31 AM

1. Home page headline for link: Republicans Distance Themselves After Trump Fails to Condemn White Supr

Republicans Distance Themselves After Trump Fails to Condemn White Supremacy

Unease? Unease?

Much too little and too f***ing late. They knew it was a Faustian bargain when they made it.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 03:40 AM

2. Have Republicans never heard of the phrase,

"Actions speak louder than words?" Or do they not understand what it means. Empty words from the likes of those two, considering all they do that proves otherwise. Their votes speak volumes.

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Thu Oct 1, 2020, 05:16 AM

3. The GOP has enabled trump all along

Now this election all republicans will have consequences for it. They just thought the Mid Term results were bad. Add to that what they're trying to do now with a Supreme Court Justice pick, they're toast , and deserve to lose , bigly. Especially GOP Senators.

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Response to duforsure (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:04 AM

5. Yep.

In 2018, Republicans got the shit beat out of them when Trump WASN’T on the ballot. This year, hopefully they will be buried under a tsunami of blue votes!

33 days....

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Thu Oct 1, 2020, 05:54 AM

4. A Cacophonic Chorus of Concerned Susan Colins Wannabes. nt

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Thu Oct 1, 2020, 08:47 AM

6. I'll bet Susan Collins is concerned. But expects Trump has learned a lesson.

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