The House speaker, during an MSNBC interview on Wednesday, called the first presidential debate a “sad night for our country” and blasted Trump for not disassociating himself from white supremacist and militia groups, as she put it.
“I lost a lot of sleep last night over that one fact,” Pelosi said.
She continued to declare that Trump has “never respected the dignity of his office and he demonstrated that last night.”
“One thing he did present was the authenticity of who he is with disregard for bringing our country together with any knowledge of the challenge we face in the coronavirus crisis, with catering to his base by saying what he said about the Proud Boys. […] This was a very sad occasion.
The Anti-Defamation League defines the ideology of Proud Boys on its website as “misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and anti-immigration,” and adds, “Some members espouse white supremacist and anti-Semitic ideologies and/or engage with white supremacist groups.”
Watch Pelosi’s interview below:
Pelosi was also asked if there should be more debates, to which she responded, “We know what his behavior was going to be like. I’m just sorry that they didn’t turn off the microphone when it was Joe Biden’s turn to speak and turn it on when it was the president’s turn to speak.”
Trump was asked to condemn white supremacy and militia groups during Tuesday night’s debate. However, he avoided doing so, as IJR reported.
Asked if he was willing to tell them to “stand down,” Trump said, “Sure,” but later added, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left. Because this is not a right-wing problem.”
See Trump’s comments below:
Wallace: "Are you willing tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down…"— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 30, 2020
Trump: "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left." pic.twitter.com/Co0Dp621FS
The idea of if there should be the other two debates has circulated and when asked about it, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate, said, “Joe Biden’s never going to refuse to talk to the American people,” as IJR reported.