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Weekend Reads United States. The Proud Boys, those militiamen Trump refuses to convict

22:30  01 october  2020
22:30  01 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Des membres des Proud Boys lors d’un rassemblement, samedi 26 septembre, à Portland, dans l’Oregon. © Jim Urquhart - REUTERS Members of the Proud Boys at a rally Saturday, September 26, in Portland, Oregon.

The president shocked a large part of Americans during the televised debate on Tuesday, September 29, by calling on this far-right armed group to "stand by".

Donald Trump and his entourage have been rowing since the debate on Tuesday , where the outgoing President refused to condemn the Proud Boys, these militiamen who have been playing proudly since the summer in the American streets, defying anti-racist protesters linked to the Black Lives Matter movement. When moderator Chris Wallace - and his Democratic rival Joe Biden - asked him if he condemns white supremacists, the Republican President just said to them: Stand back, and stand ready. .

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Trying to put things right on Wednesday, Donald Trump said he was unfamiliar with the Proud Boys and called on militiamen patrolling the streets of some busy cities not to interfere with police action. Still no conviction, despite calls from Republican senators imploring him to condemn violent racist groups.

Who are the Proud Boys? A manly movement created in New York in 2016 by Gavin McInness, one of the co-founders of the media group Vice, which he left in 2008. Its members? A few hundred to a few thousand nostalgic for the days when girls were girls and men were men, sporting tattoos and wearing black Fred Perry t-shirts edged in yellow (which the British brand stopped producing to cut all ties) . McInness, who officially left the Proud Boys, remains active online. He denounced a war on whites that drew a clique of anti-Semites and Islamophobes.

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The Proud Boys, classified by the FBI among hate groups under surveillance, were already present in 2017 in Charlottesville (South Carolina), during the Unite the Right rally where a counter-demonstrator was killed. Already, Trump had refused to condemn the supremacists, sending them back to back with the radical left.

A few hundred Proud Boys (and not the 10,000 promised) demonstrated armed on Saturday, September 26, in Portland (Oregon), where an member of another far-right group, the Patriot Prayers, had been killed during clashes with anti-racist activists on August 29. Two years earlier, a young armed militiaman had killed two leftist demonstrators in Kenosha (Wisconsin).

As soon as the debate ended on Tuesday evening, the Proud Boys greeted Trump as their new leader and responded to your orders on the right-wing social network Speak - they are banned from Facebook and Twitter. For Axios journalist Kyle Daly, the President's Get Ready will, in fact, be interpreted as an endorsement by the constellation of extreme right-wing groups (Three Percenters, Oath Keepers, Boogaloo Bois …) that patrol in American streets and dream of doing battle with the anti-racist movement awakened by the death of George Floyd on May 25, killed by a Minneapolis police officer.

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