President Trump told his “Proud Boys” to “Stand Back and Stand By,” but who are these boys?
The biggest takeaway from a disastrous first presidential debate was Trump’s message to his “Proud Boys.” Such a statement may seem frivolous, but it should be a red flag for all Americans.
Neither Biden nor Trump had a performance to brag about in last night’s debacle of a debate. However, it was President Trump, who once again made the most outlandish statements.
Chris Wallace: “Are you willing, tonight, to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down…”
Trump: “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by! But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.” pic.twitter.com/4vrPocKzcu
— Axios (@axios)
The November election is about a month away, and we have a sitting president openly encouraging domestic terrorists to get ready.
Using the term “Proud boys” was not just a creative use of words or old jargon; it was a call to a far-right extremist group who loves violence.
This is the group that Trump is waiting to deploy.
It also is amazing to me that Trump is using hypothetical scenarios and boogeymen to scare white people into voting people and black people face tangible, real threats all the time. If anyone should be scared, it’s us. https://t.co/EpNfyT3BGx
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill)
As the dust settles from the debate, Trump has yet to recant or try to clarify his usage of the term. Even more, the group itself has taken 45’s statements as a rallying cry.
Proud Boys celebrated Trump’s debate callout: On their account on Telegram, the Proud Boys appeared to take the statement as marching orders. Another social media account for the group made “Stand back. Stand by” part of its new logo. https://t.co/K1lvZZTCYt
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 30, 2020