An unsuccessful formulation or joining forces with violent rights? Instead of distancing itself from racists and explicitly from the “Proud Boys”, US President Trump calls on the group in the TV duel to stand back and “stand by”. The cheering triggers in right-wing circles. The statements of US President Donald Trump about the right-wing militia “Proud Boys” in the TV duel are causing waves. The Republican had refused to condemn right-wing groups. “Who should I judge?” He asked host Chris Wallace. In response to the reference to the “Proud Boys”, he said: “Hold back and be ready” (“stand back and stand by”). As the “New York Times” reported, “Proud Boys” followers celebrated the episode on Telegram channels and other social media as “historic”. In one channel, members of the group took the President’s statement as tacit approval of their violent tactics. Another message stated that the group was already seeing an increase in the number of “new recruits”.
Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. said on the CBS station that his father had made a mistake. The New York Times quoted President Jason Miller as saying that Trump wanted to use the expression “stand by” to make it clear that the “Proud Boys” should end the violence.
“Proud Western Chauvinists”
Trump’s opponent Biden once again commented on Trump’s stance on the “Proud Boys” after the TV duel. He tweeted: “There is no other way to put it: the President of the USA refused to renounce white racists on stage last night.” He posted a video showing right-wing violence victims in Charlottesville and Kenosha. The civil rights organization ADL classifies the “Proud Boys” as an unconventional current in right-wing American extremism. The group could be described as violent, nationalistic and Islamophobic, among other things, according to the ADL. Their leaders reject allegations of racism. Members are known to use violent tactics. Several members were convicted of violent crimes. The “Proud Boys” were founded by the Canadian-British founder of “Vice Magazine”, Gavon McInnes. The organization only accepts men. The oath of admission is: “I am a proud western chauvinist, I refuse to create the modern world.” According to their own account, the “Proud Boys” want a return to traditional western values.
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