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Politics Donald Trump sidesteps call to condemn white supremacists — and the Proud Boys were 'extremely excited' about it

13:35  30 september  2020
13:35  30 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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President told Proud Boys , a far-right group often associated with violent protests, to ‘stand back and stand by’.

You see these white supremacists coming out from under the rocks. He’s yet once to condemn white supremacy , the neo-Nazis. Trump has said his “very fine people” comment referred not to white supremacists and neo-Nazis but to “people that went because they felt very strongly about the

President Donald Trump was given an opportunity to condemn white supremacists during Tuesday's debate. He didn't take it, and his response has energized the Proud Boys, a known extremist group, one expert said.

During the debate, Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden discussed the violence and social upheaval that has swept the streets of cities like Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, following a summer of protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

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When pressed to condemn white supremacists, Trump asked for the name of a specific group.

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Biden said "Proud Boys," a group that the Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal advocacy organization, has designated as a hate group.

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Trump responded, ​"Proud Boys – stand back and stand by. But I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about antifa and the left."

Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University in North Carolina who studies online extremism, told USA TODAY that she immediately went to the group's social media channels.

“They reacted exactly as I thought they would," Squire said. "They were extremely excited by what he said. They felt validated. They took it the same way everybody listening took it — that he was giving them a shout-out, basically.”

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The Proud Boys were celebrating online Tuesday night after Donald Trump told them to 'stand back and Proud Boys organizer Joe Biggs wrote: 'President Trump told the proud boys to stand by ' White supremacist and right wing militias,' Wallace said. Instead, Trump turned to attack antifa, an

Trump refused to condemn white supremacists . Trump was asked if he would denounce groups like the Proud Boys and other white supremacy organizations. “But I’ll tell you what and I’ll tell you why somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is a leftwing” problem.

Squire said she's been studying the Proud Boys for about four years and said the group has been historically violent. According to the Anti-Defamation League, "Members have been known to engage in violent tactics; several members have been convicted of violent crimes."

"They are kind of notorious for finding antifa and what they perceive as their left-wing enemies," Squire said. "A call-out like this, it validates what they already fantasized was their purpose."

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Trump doesn't condemn white supremacists . In a debate during which Biden called Trump a "racist" to his face, one of the most significant moments came when Wallace asked the president whether he was willing to condemn white supremacists and "militia" groups.

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Biden took to Twitter after the debate and quoted a tweet that showed a screenshot of the Proud Boys' enthusiastic response to Trump. Biden tweeted, "This. This is Donald Trump's America."

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Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., said his father was "more than happy" to condemn the group in an interview with Gayle King of CBS News.

"I don't know if that was a misspeak, but he was talking about having them stand down," Trump Jr. said.

At the start of the exchange, debate moderator Chris Wallace asked if Trump would condemn white supremacists and militia groups and urge them to stand down and avoid contributing to the violence.

"I’m willing to do that, but I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing," Trump insisted.

Trump has blamed the far left anti-fascist group known as antifa for violence at protests. FBI Director Christopher Wray said the movement is one of several ideologies driving clashes; another is white supremacists.

Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the ADL, asked the president via Twitter to clarify his comment.

“It's astonishing that, when asked a simple question, will you condemn white supremacists, the president responded – ‘The Proud Boys should stand back and stand by.’ Trying to determine if this was an answer or an admission. President Trump owes America an apology or an explanation. Now."

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Earlier this month, a former top Department of Homeland Security official who voted for Trump in 2016 and resigned in April told NPR that the White House refused to take far right extremism seriously and avoided using the term "domestic terrorism" when it came to white supremacists.

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Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists … again. Biden and Wallace both asked Trump to just plainly say that he’s against white supremacists and militia groups, but the You would think that denouncing white supremacy would be the bare minimum of what America can expect from our

Trump also refused to condemn far-right militia groups, including a Donald Trump did not commit to urging his supporter to maintain peace following the election Members of the Proud Boys celebrated the debate call -out online, seeing it as and endorsement, noted DW correspondent Oliver Sallet.

The SPLC tweeted, "Proud Boys are a hate group that espouses white supremacy, antisemitism and misogyny. They've appeared alongside other hate groups at rallies across the country, often attempting to incite violence."

A tweet pinned to the top of the SPLC's Twitter page as of late Tuesday reads: "SPLC will not ‘stand down’ to hate groups. The threat is too serious to ‘stand by.’"

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Donald Trump sidesteps call to condemn white supremacists — and the Proud Boys were 'extremely excited' about it


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