After the debate, Harris said on MSNBC, “What we saw was a puppy.” “Donald Trump is not pretending to be anything other than what he is, someone who won’t condemn white supremacists, someone who can’t say the phrase Black Lives Matter, someone who is around the issue of race and Getting rid of the training of federal employees should be aware of the inherent bias. ”
Harris commented when asked by MSNBC’s Brian Williams if the nation saw a “dog whistle in real time” when the president said on Tuesday: “If you were a certain person, you had no position in life – It was a reversal. “- Mr. Trump said something when asked by Chris Wallace, arguing about racial sensory training.
During the debate, Biden accused Mr. Trump of killing the dog, saying “this is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to create racist hatred, racist divisions.” A dog whistle is a subtle message that some people understand for hidden meaning.
Biden also called Mr. Trump “America’s worst president ever”, “blaming him for the epidemic and fueling racial backlash amid recent protests against police brutality.”
During the debate, President Trump was asked if he was “ready tonight to denounce white supremacists and militia groups, and to say that he needed to stand up and not add to the violence in many cities.” ”
Mr. Trump said he is “ready to do so,” but claimed that “almost everything I’m seeing is from the left wing.”
The answer was not enough for former Vice President Joe Biden, Mr. Trump’s rival. Biden explicitly condemned Mr. Trump as white supremacists, as did Chris Wallace.
Mr. Trump asked Biden and Wallace, “What do you want me to call them? Give me a name. Who would you like to condemn me?”
Biden referenced the Proud Boys, a far-flung group, while Wallace called the white supremacist.
“The Proud Boys,” Mr. Trump said. “Stand back and stand back. But I’ll tell you what I’ll tell, someone has to do something about Antifa and the left, because it’s not a right-wing problem.”
Shortly after his remarks, the Proud Boys began to use those words as a new slogan. On the group’s public Telegram channel, some members boasted Mr. Trump’s answer. He shared his new Trump-inspired logo and posted a video from the debate with the caption: “God. Family. Fraternity.”
The term “Proud Boys” was also trending on Twitter, as did the hashtag #ProudBoysStandby. Many Twitter users, however, were using the terms to denounce Mr. Trump’s message.
The Proud Boys, a group that indulges in violent acts and often supports white supremacist views, call themselves “Western Chouvists”. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy group, designates them a hate group.
A representative for the Proud Boys told CBS News that the group does not consider Mr. Trump’s comments during the debate, nor do they consider themselves white supremacists.
They remained in the headlines over the weekendTo show support for the president.
Melissa Quinn and Grace Caesars contributed to this report.