President Donald Trump’s decision not to make a full statement on opposing white supremacists during the first presidential debate was met with fiery criticism. Some of his opponents took the opportunity in the media to argue that his lack of response means he actually supports the hate groups.
Nothing could be further from the truth, stated the Trump Campaign’s Strategic Advisor and Jewish Voices for Trump Co-Chair, Boris Epshteyn.
He told this reporter in an exclusive interview Wednesday that Trump condemns white supremacists and the fact was “clear as day” at the debate Tuesday night.
Trump’s comments Tuesday were as follows:
“Sure, I’m willing to do that. But, I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing… I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace,” Trump said in response to Fox News host Chris Wallace, who asked him to condemn white supremacist groups.
Wallace wasn’t satisfied with that response, and again pressed Trump.
“What do you want me to call them? Give me a name. Go ahead, who would you like me to condemn? Who,” Trump then asked Wallace,
Wallace specified that Trump should condemn ‘white supremacists and Proud Boys.’
“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, this is a left wing problem,” Trump said before Biden interrupted him to clarify that ‘Antifa is an idea, not an organization,’ citing FBI Director Christopher Wray’s earlier comments.
Epshteyn responded, “President Trump did condemn white supremacists. When Chris Wallace asked him that as part of asking whether Joe Biden condemned Antifa, Chris Wallace ended up asking President Trump if he condemns white supremacists and he said yes, he said ‘sure.”
“And then Joe Biden jumped in with his mumbo jumbo and really didn’t know what day it was I guess… and then even specifically to the Proud Boys, President Trump said ‘stand back,’ so it’s pretty clear where President Trump stands,” added Epshteyn. “It’s absolutely clear where he stands. He’s been clear on it for a long time now going back to the Jake Tapper interview and denouncing David Duke and so on and so forth.”
He added, “President Trump has been clear that he denounces white supremacists and he did that also in his speech about Charlottesville that the left likes to lie about so much, including Joe Biden, who lies about it all the time. The President condemned white supremacists then.”
Epshteyn was born in the former Soviet Union. He and his family escaped communism in the region as Jewish refugees to the United States in 1993.
He said Trump has championed the fight against antisemitism, which Epshteyn understands personally.
“I’m Jewish and I’m proud to work for a president who’s done so much to combat antisemitism, signed the Never Again Holocaust Education Act into law, which gave $10 million towards Holocaust education in this country, signed the Just Act into law, which makes it easier for victims of the Holocaust and their descendants to receive restitution and then signed an executive order which absolutely classified antisemitism as a hate crime and enable the federal government, federal agencies to use their full resources to combat antisemitism, and that’s just domestically,” Epshteyn explained.
He continued, “He’s done so much on the international front in terms of standing with the State of Israel, moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, something that president after president had promised, tearing up the terrible Iran deal, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory, and then the historic Abraham Accord.”
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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