Supporters and group members took Trump’s remarks as a marching order, echoing the president on social media. The Proud Boys Telegram wrote, “With the head down and standing.” Another known account includes a version of the phrase – “stand back. Stand by” – A new group logo.
By Wednesday morning, the phrase had become part of A meme Presenting a picture of Kyle Ritenhaus, a 17-year-old Trump supporter and law enforcement lawyer accused of murder after allegedly killing two protesters in Kenosa last month.
Trump made the remarks in response to questions from debate arbitrator Chris Wallace, who asked the president during a segment on race and violence in the US whether he would end white supremacy and to protest racist judicial violence from right-wing extremist groups Will request . ”
When Trump asked Wallace to name a specific group, Democratic candidate Joe Biden chose the Proud Boys.
“Proud boys: stand back, and stand up,” Trump said, before: “But I’ll tell you what that is – someone’s got to do something about Antifa and the left, because it’s Not a right-wing problem. ” A leftist problem. ”
Removing the blame without condemning white supremacist groups, Trump echoed the moment that prompted Wallace’s question. In 2017, the president responded to a violent white nationalist rally in Virginia – an event organized by former Proud Boys member Jason Kessler – saying, “There is blame on both sides.” And his latest comment was not unheard of by the proud boys.
“President Trump told the proud boys to stand up because someone needs to deal with ANTIFA … Alright Sir! We are ready !!” Group co-founder Joe Biggs posted on the Proud Boys Telegram account.
“Trump basically said f * ck get them up!” Biggs later posted to alternative social media platform Peller with a conservative user base. “This makes me so happy.”
One supporter wrote in response, “It is set to clean our city of Portland in Antifa mal.” Others saw it as a “call to arms” and said that the president “knows that America’s Proudboys are an asset!”
“I think this ‘stand back, stand by’ thing would be called another Proud Boy,” Proud Boys national president Enrique Tario told The Daily Beast. (Beast reported that the previous slogans were: “The West is the Best” and the warning “F * ck Around and Find Out.”)
The Proud Boys are called “Western Chunists”, but they deny any relation to racist. Members claim they are, according to the SPLC, only a male group that promotes “anti-political correctness” and “anti-white crime” ideology.
The group that has been Linked Right-wing instigator and Trump aide Roger Stone rewards violence as a core element of masculinity. Its initiation process requires, among other things, the condemnation of masturbation and the expectation to recite five brands of cereal while fighting. Violence and youthful cheeks have led some to view the group as trolls, while others argue they pose a serious threat.
The SPLC says, “His actions have disrespected his hardliners.” “Rank-and-file Proud Boys and Leaders regularly praise white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists. They are known for anti-Muslim and inaccurate rhetoric.”
The Proud Boys marched above 2017, uniting the Wright rally in Charlottesville, Virg. The group’s founder Gavin McInnes then sought to distance himself from the white supremacist movement. In recent months, members have shown up to counter opposition to Black Lives Matter.
A group of Proud Boys started a street dispute in Manhattan in 2018 with an attack on protesters outside an event where McInnes gave a speech. This turned into a melee scuffle, which overwhelmed the audience. Members of the group claimed self-defense. The following year a jury convicted the two men, who were both sentenced to four years in prison.
The group has also been open about its support for Trump, and last weekend held a rally in Portland attended by about 200 people, many of whom were armed.
“I mean – their name – derived from a song from Aladdin music – and their demeanor – their clothes, those polo shirts – all of this suggests to you that you don’t take them seriously? But that’s the troll strategy. It’s wrong. Hai, ”journalist and writer Talia. Salin said Lovin, whose book “Culture Warlords” based on right-wing extremism, came out on 13 October. “Yes, I think a group that regularly crosses state lines to incite violence should be taken seriously, and they are also anonymous to a lot of other groups.”
“This is a group that already painted fists, bats and cockroaches spray against their perceived enemies,” Lovin continued. “They regularly commit violence. Their purpose is violence. We should avoid glamorizing them or making them look like a giant yogi. But, yes, promoting extraordinary, paramilitary violence and a nationwide network of responsive paramilitary groups Is a very serious situation. ”
Public figures sharply condemned Trump’s comments on social media.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League Tweeted Trump’s reply last night was “surprising”.
“President Trump has given amnesty or clarification to America,” he said. “now.”
Trump’s anti-pundit David French Tweeted Trump’s remarks were “a call to get ready” for a “violent vigilante militia”.
He wrote, “In a country wiped out by unrest, I was one of the most irresponsible and blasphemous statements a president has seen.”
Oregon government Kate Brown, a Democrat who Trump has regularly attacked in recent months, Tweeted: “Let’s be clear: Proud boys are white supremacists. Racism and hate are not forms of patriotism.”
Biden also weighed in again after the debate. He said, “This is Donald Trump’s America.” TweetedResponse to a photo quoted by group leaders on social media.
Trump campaign chief strategist Jason Miller told USA Today that the president was telling the group to “shut it down”.
But South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, a Trump aide and the only Black Republican in the Senate, said The President was required to return his comments himself.
“I think he missed it. I think he should correct it,” Scott said. “If he doesn’t fix it, I think he wasn’t wrong.”