Barrasso: President, All Americans Should Condemn White Supremacy

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Joining other lawmakers, U.S. Sen. John Barrasso criticized President Donald Trump for not denouncing white supremacy and the Proud Boys far-right group during the Tuesday presidential debate.

The senator appeared on CNN with host Jim Sciutto on Thursday morning to talk about Trump’s decision to not condemn white supremacy this week.

The host asked Barrasso if he felt the president should have called out the Proud Boys and the senator responded by saying everyone should condemn racist behavior.

“I think we should hear [condemnation] from the president and from every American,” Barrasso said. “I certainly condemn what we’ve been seeing in terms of white supremacy, in terms of racism, in terms of anti-semitism.”

He added that he stood with U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and Tim Scott, R-South Carolina, who both criticized Trump’s inaction.

Sciutto then pivoted to discussing the upcoming presidential election and comments made about possible voter fraud.

He pointed out that F.B.I. director Christopher Wray hasn’t seen any evidence of widespread fraud, contradicting comments that Trump has made regularly over recent months, including during the debate.

Sciutto asked Barrasso who he believed when it came to voter fraud: Wray or Trump. However, Barrasso refused to choose.

“I believe the American people want a fair election and I know it’s a state-by-state process,” he said. “I’m very happy with the way things are done in Wyoming. We have people vote by mail-in ballots, as well as those who vote early and in person.”

Barrasso did say he was concerned about laws being changed in other states or cases where ballots are being discarded, but noted that he also hadn’t seen evidence of widespread voter fraud.

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