President Trump, on Tuesday night, refused to come out condemn White supremacists for being participants in inciting violence at anti-police brutality protests and demonstrations across the country. He claimed during the presidential debate that the violence was coming from left-wing groups such as Antifa.
Debate Moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he would condemn White supremacists during the protests and demonstrations around the country. Trump said,
Sure, I’m willing to (tell them to stand down), but I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing. I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.
Former Vice President Joe Biden encouraged him to condemn the group. Trump asked Biden, which group I need to condemn? Biden repeatedly said, “Proud Boys.” Trump then said the statement,
Proud Boys — stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem.
According to CNN, Proud Boys was founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes. The group is known for its anti-Muslim and misogynistic views. They describe their members as “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” They are known for their attendance at Trump 2020 campaign rallies. They usually wear yellow and black polo shirts to the rallies.
Since the President’s refusal to outright denounce White supremacists groups like “Proud Boys.” Many members celebrated the mention, and a new logo was created with the Proud Boys logo and the President’s “stand by” comment.