Tim Scott: Trump 'misspoke' with white supremacy remark, should correct Proud Boys comment

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenate passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to first Black NHL player Scott: 'There is hope' for police reform bill Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe MORE (S.C.), the only Black GOP senator, said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE should "correct" his comments from the first presidential debate, where he refused to condemn white supremacists.

"I think he misspoke in response to Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceAnything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why Biden walks fine line with Fox News Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE's comment. ... I think he misspoke, I think he should correct it. If he doesn't correct it, I guess he didn't misspeak," Scott said, when asked by ABC News if he found Trump's remarks concerning.

Asked directly to denounce white supremacists and militia groups who have aligned themselves with him, Trump instead argued that "almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing."

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Trump's refusal to denounce white supremacists at Tuesday night's debate sparked immediate backlash from Democrats and was touted by far-right groups online.

Republican senators, asked on Wednesday about the president's rhetoric, sought to distance themselves. Trump's comments are the latest example of him overshadowing what Republicans would rather be talking about — the Supreme Court nomination.

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal Trump slams Romney, Senate GOP over infrastructure deal MORE (R-Utah), the party's 2012 presidential nominee, told reporters on Wednesday that "of course" Trump should have denounced white supremacists during the debate.

Sen. Mike RoundsMike RoundsEight Republicans join Democrats to confirm head of DOJ environmental division Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Schumer sets up key vote on bipartisan deal MORE (R-S.D.) added that Trump should have been "very clear."

"He should have made it very clear that there's no room for people on the far left or the far more far right. When it comes to either an antifa or these white supremacist groups, should have been very clear," Rounds told reporters.