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

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottTim Scott to deliver GOP response to Biden's speech to Congress The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Chauvin conviction puts renewed focus on police reform New signs of progress emerge on police reform MORE (S.C.), the only Black GOP senator, said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies 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) WallaceEx-Trump aide McEnany knocks Biden: Presidents should not 'inflame' tensions Cornyn defends controversial tweet as not about Biden's competency Sullivan: White House 'absolutely committed' to raising refugee cap 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."


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 RomneyChipotle says raising minimum wage would mean 'manageable' menu price hike GOP senator introduces bill to make DC part of Maryland McDaniel told RNC officials she has considered bid for Michigan governor 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 RoundsSenate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban Senate confirms SEC chief Gensler to full five-year term Congress looks to rein in Biden's war powers 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.