In a chaotic and fast-moving presidential debate, moderator Chris Wallace forced the issue of white supremacy to the president and pressed him for an answer.
When specifically asked if he would condemn white supremacists and militia groups, Donald Trump was quick to shift the focus onto anti-fascist campaign group Antifa.
He responded, finally: “Proud Boys - stand back, stand by, but I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not right-wing problem... this is a left wing problem.”
“I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not the right wing,” he added. “I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.”
Mr Trump once infamously said there were good people “on both sides” after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which saw one counter-protester killed.