Trump’s gaslight went greenlight as Trump gave the Proud Boys domestic terror group a shoutout.
Within minutes of President Trump's mention of them during Tuesday's debate, members of the Proud Boys, a far-right group that has endorsed violence, were celebrating online, calling his comments “historic.” Some claimed to see a spike in “new recruits.” https://t.co/SLAEjcUxF1— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 30, 2020
Trump Refuses to Denounce White Supremacy in Chaotic Debate
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 30, 2020
(Reuters) – President Donald Trump deflected an opportunity to condemn white supremacists during Tuesday’s presidential debate, briefly telling one group to “stand back and stand by” before pivoting to attacking left-wing activists.
During a segment on race relations, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he was willing to denounce “white supremacists and militia groups” and tell them to stand down, rather than add to the violence that has marred anti-racism protests in some U.S. cities.
Multiple senior federal officials, including at the FBI and Department of Homeland Security this month, have warned that white supremacist groups pose a rising threat of violence in the United States.
Trump on Tuesday initially replied by blaming “the left wing” for violence, before saying he was “willing to do anything.”
“Then do it, sir,” Wallace said, as Biden added: “Do it, say it.”
“What do you want to call them? Give me a name,” Trump said, prompting Biden to mention the Proud Boys, an organization that describes itself as a club of “Western chauvinists” but has been categorized as a hate group by the nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” Trump said, before immediately pivoting. “But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa.”
The President put the Proud Boys & probably other white supremacist groups on ready for the election. The question is, what will Bill Barr instruct his people to do if they show up at the polls? Can we rely on him to remove illegal intimidators from the polls & prosecute them?
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) September 30, 2020
For a proud boy, being told to “stand by” means wait for a call to arms.
There’s no other way to spin it.
— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) September 30, 2020