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Local leaders react to President Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy during debate

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21)- Two local leaders say they were disappointed to see President Trump refuse to condemn white supremacy at Tuesday night's debate.

"I was simply disgusted to hear what the president said and I think as the president of the United States -- the office alone -- you should be above those comments," Pastor Raymond Dix said.

"It was a clear indication on where he stood. I felt like it was an open confession on how he really feels about the minority," activist Minny Jackson said.

Wednesday, reporters asked the president about the comments made.

"I've always denounced any form of... any of that, you have to denounce. But also Joe Biden has to say something about ANTIFA. It's not a philosophy," President Trump said.

Minny Jackson says the president should go further than this.

"I'm not gonna sit here and act like he hasn't done something. All presidents do something. But all he has done is wake up the racial tension that is burning in this country right now and it's at a boiling point," Jackson said.

Earlier this summer, Jackson protested every night for black lives. She says she is tried of the problem of racism in America being ignored.

"What more can we do? How many more marches? How many times are we gonna scream out for help? How many times are we going to be ignored," Jackson said. "So the more and more they keep going around the actual problem in America… as long as they keep in ignoring it it's gonna build and right now in 2020 the way things have been going it's there."

For Pastor Raymond Dix, the first step to solving the problems in this country is caring for others.

"Love your neighbors as yourself and do good to people even if they disappoint you, and as a man of God here at Pilgrim Church, we teach that particular ethic to find a way -- as difficult as it may be in some instances -- to share love one another," Dix said.

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