Trump Tells Proud Boys To Stand By During Protests - 2020-09-30
President Donald Trump told the Proud Boys, a far-right men's organization with a history of instigating violence, to "stand back and stand by," after being asked to condemn white supremacists and militia groups during the first presidential debate Tuesday night.
Minutes later, he said he was "urging my people" who are "poll watchers" to go to voting locations across the country — to do what, he wouldn't exactly say — as he baselessly claimed the election is rife with "fraud."
Trump's comments are part of his campaign's pattern of dog whistles and overt appeals to violent groups, white supremacists, and his most fervent supporters to take matters into their own hands and defend him and his divisive ideologies at all costs. The Proud Boys, which the Southern Poverty Law Center says has "affiliations with known extremists," celebrated Trump's shout to them before the debate had even ended.