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Joe Biden tells the Proud Boys to stop and stop.


President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not know who the Proud Boys were but advised them to step down after the militant group used his debates as a rally.

Trump has come under fire from Democratic rival Joe Biden and some members of his own party for failing to condemn the white supremacists when they got the chance on the debate stage Tuesday night.

"I've always denounced all forms of it," said the president on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday before going to Minnesota.

He also claimed that he did not know who the Proud Boys were, even though he called them by name during the debate.

"I don't know who the Proud Boys are, if you want to give me a definition," he said.

"I don't know who Proud Boys are, but they need to resign and let law enforcement do their job," he added.

It then turned to an attack on Democratic rivals Joe Biden and Antifa, a leftist political philosophy that the president has tried to paint as a hate group.

& # 39; Let law enforcement do the work. Now Antifa is a real problem because the problem is on the left. And Biden refuses to talk about it. He refuses to publish the word "law and order". You saw that last night when he choked, ”Trump said.

& # 39; Joe Biden has to say something about Antifa. It's not a philosophy, ”he observed. "These are people who hit people over the head."

Antifa is a disorganized group that opposes right-wing extremist political groups such as fascists. It's a political idea that many different groups support. And law enforcement has found no evidence that these groups collaborated with Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across the United States.

Meanwhile, Biden warned the Proud Boys to "stop and quit" after the far-right group celebrated the president's remarks online.

& # 39; Stop and stop. The American people will decide who will be the next President of the United States, period, "Biden said in Ohio on Wednesday in his opening remarks after his chaotic debate with the president.

“My message to the Proud Boys and every white supremacy group is: refrain. This is not who we are as Americans, ”he added.

At a prominent moment during the first presidential debate, Trump declined to condemn white supremacists and civilian militias when asked. The president then appeared to give the Proud Boys, a militant group of predominantly white men, a call to arms.

"Proud guys, stand back and stand by, but I'll tell you what, someone has to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem, it's a left wing problem," Trump said as he did it was challenged to condemn white supremacists during Tuesday's presidential debate.

President Donald Trump said he did not know who the Proud Boys were, but advised them to resign after the militant group used his debates as a rally

Joe Biden warned the far-right group Proud Boys to "stop and stop" after turning President Donald Trump's statements into a rally during the presidential debate

Joe Biden warned the far-right group Proud Boys to "stop and stop" after turning President Donald Trump's statements into a rally during the presidential debate

Members of the Proud Boys gather before a rally at which President Trump officially launched his re-election campaign on June 18, 2019 in Orlando

Members of the Proud Boys gather before a rally at which President Trump officially launched his re-election campaign on June 18, 2019 in Orlando

Several hundred members of the Proud Boys and other similar groups gathered for a rally in Delta Park in Portland in September

Several hundred members of the Proud Boys and other similar groups gathered for a rally in Delta Park in Portland in September

Proud Boys is a right-wing extremist organization that only allows men as members and promotes and practices political violence. The group believes that white men and Western culture are under siege, and one of their co-founders recorded a video titled "10 Things I Hate About Jews".

Members celebrated Trump's words online and said to the President, "We are ready." Her account on the Telegram social media app read, "Stand and stand, sir."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal advocacy group, has expelled the all-male Proud Boys as a hate group. The group is known for its violent clashes at political rallies. Members were spotted at a Trump rally in Colorado in February.

Several Republicans have urged the president to clarify his debates on white supremacists.

Republican Senator Mitt Romney "of course" said the president should have condemned white supremacists during Tuesday night's presidential debate.

"Of course, of course," Romney, who openly criticizes Trump for disagreeing with the president, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning.

"It wasn't a Lincoln Douglas debate, for sure," he added.

Other Republicans said they would give the president a chance to explain, including South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott, the only black GOP senator.

"I think he gave the wrong tip in response to Chris Wllace's comment," said Scott on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. He asked Chris what he wanted to say. I think he spelled wrong. I think he should correct it. If he doesn't correct it, he probably didn't speak wrongly. & # 39;

And Indiana Republican Senator Todd Young said the president should have made it clear that extremist groups should be condemned from both left and right.

“It should have been very clear, and it should have made it very clear that there is no room for people on the far left or the far right. When it comes to an antifa or those white supremacist groups, that should be very clear, ”said Young.

The Proud Boys celebrated online Tuesday night after Donald Trump told them to step back and stand by during the first presidential debate

The Proud Boys celebrated online Tuesday night after Donald Trump told them to step back and stand by during the first presidential debate

After the call, several members of the group seemed to pledge their loyalty to the president. A social media account connected to the organization even appeared to cause "resignation". Standby & # 39; part of a new logo

Joe Biden retweeted a post showing some of his posts after Trump's comments. He wrote: 'This. This is Donald Trump's America

After the call, several members of the group seemed to pledge their loyalty to the president. A social media account connected to the organization even seemed to "step back". Standby & # 39; part of a new logo

Republican Senator Mitt Romney said "of course" President Donald Trump should have condemned white supremacists during the presidential debate

Republican Senator Mitt Romney said "of course" President Donald Trump should have condemned white supremacists during the presidential debate

South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott said President Trump should clarify his remarks about white supremacists in the presidential debate

South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott said President Trump should clarify his remarks about white supremacists in the presidential debate

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CHRIS WALLACE: You have repeatedly criticized the Vice-President for not making explicit calls to Antifa and other radical left groups. But are you ready tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and say they need to resign and not increase violence in a number of these cities, as we saw in Kenosha and Portland?

DONALD TRUMP: Sure, I'm ready.

CHRIS WALLACE: Are you specially prepared for this?

DONALD TRUMP: I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not the right wing.

CHRIS WALLACE: But what do you say?

DONALD TRUMP: I am ready to do anything. I want to see peace.

CHRIS WALLACE: Well, do it, sir.

Joe Biden: say it, say it, say it.

DONALD TRUMP: What would you like to call her? Give me a name, give me a name, go on, who am I to judge?

CHRIS WALLACE: White Supremacist and White Militia.

Joe Biden: Proud guys. Proud boys.

DONALD TRUMP: Okay. Proud boys – step back and stand by. But I'm going to tell you what someone has to do about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem, it is a left wing problem.

JOE BIDEN: His own FBI director said that, unlike the white supremacist, Antifa was an idea, not an organization.

DONALD TRUMP: Oh, you've got to be kidding me.

JOE BIDEN: … no militia. That's what his FBI director said.

DONALD TRUMP: Well then you know what, he's wrong.

CHRIS WALLACE: We're done, sir. Go to the next … (crosstalk)

After the debate, several members of the Proud Boys pledged their allegiance to the President.

A social media account connected to the organization even appeared to cause "resignation". Standby & # 39; part of a new logo.

Joe Biggs, organizer of the Proud Boys, wrote: “President Trump told the proud boys to stand by because someone has to take care of ANTIFA … well, sir! we are ready!

“Trump basically said to fuck her! that makes me so happy. & # 39;

Joe Biden retweeted a post showing some of his posts after Trump's comments.

He wrote: 'This. This is Donald Trump's America. & # 39;

Republican Senator Mitt Romney said "of course" President Donald Trump should have condemned white supremacists during Tuesday night's presidential debate.

"Of course, of course," Romney, who openly criticizes Trump for disagreeing with the president, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning.

"It wasn't a Lincoln Douglas debate, that's for sure," he added of the clash between Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, which experts dubbed an "S *** show" and a "dumpster fire".

Other Republicans said they would give the president a chance to explain, including South Carolina Republican Senator Tim Scott, the only black GOP senator.

"I think he gave the wrong tip in response to Chris Wllace's comment," said Scott on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. He asked Chris what he wanted to say. I think he spelled wrong. I think he should correct it. If he doesn't correct it, he probably didn't speak wrongly. & # 39;

And Indiana Republican Senator Todd Young said the president should have made it clear that extremist groups should be condemned from both the left and the right.

“It should have been very clear, and it should have made it very clear that there is no room for people on the far left or the far right. When it comes to an antifa or those white supremacist groups, that should be very clear, ”said Young.

And Hogan Gidley, the Trump campaign spokesman, said the president convicted her three times during the debate.

& # 39; He called her. He condemned her, ”Gidley said on CNN. "He sure said three times."

Some of the president's other supporters also said he missed a chance to condemn such hate groups, including Brian Kilmeade, one of the co-hosts of Trump's favorite morning show, Fox & Friends.

"Donald Trump has ruined the largest contingent in the history of the debate by failing to convict white supremacists," Kilmeade said on the cable news morning newscast.

"I don't know if he didn't hear it, but he needs to sort it out right away," he added. "I'm not sure why the president didn't just throw it out of the park."

The Proud Boys are holding a rally in Portland, Oregon on Saturday. Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency ahead of Saturday's rally as fears of political violence increased between Proud Boys and Black Lives Matter protesters.

The Proud Boys are holding a rally in Portland, Oregon on Saturday. Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency ahead of Saturday's rally as fears of political violence increased between Proud Boys and Black Lives Matter protesters.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted: "It's amazing that if you ask a simple question you are condemning white supremacists, @POTUS replied," The Proud Boys should step down and stand by. "

I'm trying to determine if this was an answer or an admission. @POTUS owes America an apology or an explanation. Now. & # 39;

Proud Boys describes itself as a fraternal organization that "worships the housewife" and is "anti-political correctness". It has been exposed by both Twitter and Facebook.

Computer science professor Megan Squire told NBC News, “To say that proud boys are excited about this is an understatement.

“You were pro-Trump before this call and are now absolutely overjoyed. Her fantasy is fighting Antifa in his defense and he apparently just asked her to do just that. & # 39;

Jason Miller, a senior adviser to the presidential campaign, said Trump's call to "stand by" was "very clear that he wants them to get rid of it".

A proud boy wearing a Proud Boys Yamaka is seen during a Proud Boys rally at Delta Park Vanport. The governor of Oregon declared an emergency ahead of the event, which was hosted by a right-wing group with a history of violence in protests

A proud boy wearing a Proud Boys Yamaka is seen during a Proud Boys rally at Delta Park Vanport. The governor of Oregon declared an emergency ahead of the event, which was hosted by a right-wing group with a history of violence in protests

Members of the far-right group reported on the call and told the president, "We are ready." Her account in the Telegram social media app wrote: "Standing and Standing by Sir"

Members of the far-right group reported on the call and told the president, "We are ready." Her account in the Telegram social media app wrote: "Standing and Standing by Sir"

The Trump campaign tweeted afterwards: "President Trump has repeatedly condemned white supremacists. What a ridiculous question from Chris Wallace. & # 39;

Gavin McInnes, co-founder of Vice Media, founded the Proud Boys in 2016.

McInnes and the Proud Boys have described the group as a politically incorrect men's club for "Western chauvinists" and denied belonging to right-wing extremist groups that openly represent racist and anti-Semitic views.

In February last year, McInnes sued the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center for classifying the Proud Boys as a hate group.

In response to the lawsuit, the Lawyers' Center said that members of Proud Boys often spread "outright bigotry" on the Internet and posted social media images of themselves with prominent Holocaust deniers, white nationalists and "well-known neo-Nazis".

In October 2018 in New York City, police arrested several members of the Proud Boys who were fighting with anti-fascist protesters after a speech by McInnes in a Republican club in Manhattan.

Proud Boys members have also often argued with counter-protesters at rallies in California and Oregon.

About 1,000 people gathered at the Proud Boys rally in Delta Park on Saturday, while a group of 500 left-wing counter-demonstrators gathered in nearby Peninsula Park, creating fears of clashes.

Before the right-wing rally, which, according to the organizers, should support President Donald Trump and "end domestic terrorism", Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency and Mayor Ted Wheeler said it was "the greatest threat we have faced to date" amid fears of clashes with left-wing protesters.

President Donald Trump listens to former vice presidential candidate Joe Biden during Tuesday's first presidential debate

President Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden, during the first presidential debate on Tuesday

Debate moderator Chris Wallace asked the president if he would condemn white supremacists and militia groups.

"I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not the right wing," Trump said.

Wallace asked him to clarify what he meant.

"I'm ready for anything, I want to see peace," said Trump.

"Then do it, sir," Wallace challenged.

"What do you want to call her? Give me a name, give me a name, ”Trump said.

"White supremacists and right-wing militias," Wallace said.

Instead, Trump turned to attacking Antifa, a disorganized group that spoke out against far-right political groups such as fascists.

"Proud guys, stand back and stand by, but I'll tell you what, someone has to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem, it's a left wing problem," he said.

But Antifa is not an organization – it is a political idea that many different groups support. And law enforcement has found no evidence that these groups collaborated with Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across the United States.

Trump refused to call the civic militias that emerged during the protests when he refused to do so on Tuesday evening.

& # 39; Antifa is an idea, not an organization. His FBI director said, “Biden said.

"Antifa is dangerous, radical," Trump began to say when Wallace cut him off and said they would move on to another topic.

But the president got one last squint on Antifa: "They will overthrow you."

Racial relations, like other topics of debate, led to an angry back-and-forth in which presidential talks were shouted about one another.

At one point that night, Biden called Trump a "racist" when the two men discussed racial relations in the country.

Trump defended his decision to end federal employee awareness training when his Democratic rival hit him with the "racist" label.

Who are the Proud Boys? Within the far-right group who describe themselves as "Western chauvinist" men and are classified by the FBI as extremists – and who are on friendly terms with Donald Trump

The Proud Boys are a far-right fraternal organization founded on the idea that white men and Western culture are being besieged and advocating "anti-political correctness" and "worship of the housewife".

The group is known to encourage and engage in political violence when advancing its pro-gun, anti-feminism, anti-immigration, and anti-welfare policies. The group claims it is not racist, despite incorporating elements of the "white genocide" conspiracy theory into its core tenets.

The Proud Boys have been classified by the FBI as an extremist group with ties to white nationalism, while the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) lists them as a hate group and the Anti-Defamation League labels them as misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic, and anti -. Immigration.

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube have banned official Proud Boys social media accounts from their platforms to advertise "hateful content" after the SPLC gave its name in 2018.

The group has a history of street violence against left and anti-fascist activists and protest movements. In the past few months, Proud Boys have repeatedly participated in Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the country that sparked violent clashes on several occasions.

Gavin McInnes, founder of Proud Boys, was quoted as saying in 2015: “I want violence, I want to punch in the face. I am disappointed with Trump supporters because they haven't hit enough. & # 39;

The organization made headlines this week after Donald Trump refused to denounce its associations with white supremacy during his first 2020 presidential debate against Joe Biden on Tuesday night.

The Proud Boys are a far-right fraternal organization founded on the idea that white men and Western culture are being besieged and advocating "anti-political correctness" and "worship of the housewife". Members of the group march over the Hawthorne Bridge during a rally in Portland, Oregon on August 17, 2019

The Proud Boys are a far-right fraternal organization founded on the idea that white men and Western culture are being besieged and advocating "anti-political correctness" and "worship of the housewife". Members of the group march over the Hawthorne Bridge during a rally in Portland, Oregon on August 17, 2019

FOUNDING:

British-Canadian activist and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes founded the Proud Boys in the months leading up to Donald Trump's election as President in 2016. McInnes started the group as a joke in far-right Taki & # 39; s Magazine and took their name from the Aladdin song Proud Of Your Boy.

McInnes and the Proud Boys have described the group as a politically incorrect men's club for "Western chauvinists" and denied belonging to right-wing extremist groups that openly represent racist and anti-Semitic views.

In February last year, McInnes sued the Alabama-based SPLC, claiming he was banned from social media platforms and suffered a livelihood after the organization branded the Proud Boys as a hate group.

"What they (the SPLC) are doing is occupying this vast web of 'everyone is a Nazi' and starting to destroy lives," McInnes said at a press conference announcing his lawsuit. "This is a nation of free speech and this is not a free speech organization."

However, McInnes recorded a video titled "10 Things I Hate About Jews" and said that Jews have a "tearful paranoid fear of Nazis" and that Israelis do not support President Donald Trump because they are "afraid of Christians and Trump, they are their greatest allies. & # 39;

Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, responded to the lawsuit by saying, “Gavin McInnes has made inflammatory statements about Muslims, women and the transgender community in the past. The fact that he is upset with SPLC shows us that we are doing our job to expose hate and extremism. & # 39;

McInnes has since worked to distance the group from the old right, label members as "Western chauvinists" and deny affiliation with right-wing groups that openly hold racist and anti-Semitic views.

Enrique Tarrio is currently chairman of the Proud Boys.

British-Canadian activist and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes (pictured) founded the Proud Boys in the months leading up to Donald Trump's election as President in 2016

British-Canadian activist and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes (pictured) founded the Proud Boys in the months leading up to Donald Trump's election as President in 2016

Enrique Tarrio is currently chairman of the Proud Boys. Tarrio is pictured during a rally in Oregon this month

Enrique Tarrio is currently chairman of the Proud Boys. Tarrio is pictured during a rally in Oregon this month

Joining the group:

The Proud Boys only accept men into their ranks, as the name suggests. Members share a range of ideologies, including gun rights, anti-feminism, and combating immigration.

To become a member, members must make the following commitments: "I am a proud Western chauvinist and refuse to apologize for creating the modern world."

Members can be identified by an unofficial uniform made up of red Make America Great Again hats from the Trump campaign and black and yellow Fred Perry polo shirts. The clothing brand withdrew this particular design from sales in North America this week because it said it doesn't want to be associated with the Proud Boys.

Proud Boys members can be recognized by an unofficial uniform of red Make America Great Again hats from the Trump campaign and black and yellow Fred Perry polo shirts (see above during a protest in Oregon on September 26). The clothing brand withdrew this design from sales in North America this week because it said it doesn't want to be associated with the Proud Boys

Proud Boys-Mitglieder sind an einer inoffiziellen Uniform aus roten Make America Great Again-Mützen aus der Trump-Kampagne und schwarz-gelben Fred Perry-Poloshirts zu erkennen (siehe oben bei einem Protest in Oregon am 26. September). Die Bekleidungsmarke hat dieses Design diese Woche aus dem Verkauf in Nordamerika zurückgezogen, weil sie sagte, dass sie nicht mit den Proud Boys in Verbindung gebracht werden will

Bemerkenswerte Vorfälle:

2. Februar 2017: McInnes hält eine Rede an der New York University, nach der es zu kleinen Schlägereien zwischen Proud Boys-Mitgliedern und Anti-Facisten-Aktivisten kommt, die Anklage gegen elf Personen erheben.

15. April 2017: Proud Boys nehmen an einer rechtsradikalen Kundgebung in Berkeley, Kalifornien, teil, die von der Liberty Revival Alliance organisiert wurde und an der Mitglieder der Neonazi-Gruppe Identity Evropa und der Oath Keepers, einer weiteren rechten regierungsfeindlichen Gruppe, teilnahmen. 21 Personen wurden festgenommen, nachdem zwischen Teilnehmern und Gegendemonstranten Gewalt ausgebrochen war.

11. bis 12. August 2017: Jason Kessler, Mitglied der Proud Boys, half bei der Organisation der Unite the Right-Kundgebung in Charlottesville, Virginia, bei der die Gegenprotestierende Heather Heyer von dem weißen Supremacisten James Alex Fields Jr. niedergemäht und getötet wurde. McInnes sagte später, er habe Kessler aus dem Proud geworfen Jungen für seine Teilnahme an der Kundgebung, an der andere Mitglieder teilnahmen.

Februar 2018: Der langjährige Trump-Verbündete Roger Stone hat angeblich die Proud Boys als Sicherheitsdetail für die jährliche republikanische Dorchester-Konferenz in Salem, Oregon, engagiert. Nach der Veranstaltung veröffentlichten die Proud Boys ein Video, in dem behauptet wurde, dass Stone eine "Low-Level-Initiation" in die Gruppe durchlief.

12. Oktober 2019: Eine Gruppe stolzer Jungen wurde gefilmt, als sie Antifazisten verprügelten, die gegen eine Rede von McInnes in New York protestierten. Zwei Mitglieder – Maxwell Hare (27) und John Kinsman (40) – wurden wegen Beteiligung an diesem Vorfall verurteilt und zu vier Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt.

Juni 2020: Stolze Jungen treten gegen Demonstranten der Black Lives Matter in der autonomen Zone Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington, an.

29th September 2020: Donald Trump bringt die Proud Boys während seiner ersten Präsidentendebatte gegen Joe Biden zur Sprache, nachdem Moderator Chris Wallace ihn wiederholt aufgefordert hatte, die Gewalt weißer Supremacisten und rechter Gruppen zu verurteilen. "Stolze Jungs, treten Sie zurück und stehen Sie bereit!" Sagte Trump. "Aber ich sage dir was, jemand muss etwas gegen Antifa und die Linke unternehmen." Die Proud Boys reagierten mit Freude über den Ruf und fügten ihrem Logo sogar den Satz "Stand Back, Stand By" hinzu. Enrique Tarrio, der Anführer der stolzen Jungen, schrieb in den sozialen Medien: "Standing by Sir."

Die Gruppe hat eine Geschichte von Straßengewalt gegen linke und antifaschistische Aktivisten und Protestbewegungen. In den letzten Monaten haben Proud Boys wiederholt an Demonstrationen der Black Lives Matter teilgenommen, die im ganzen Land stattfanden und bei mehreren Gelegenheiten gewaltsame Zusammenstöße auslösten. Im Bild: Ein stolzer Junge konfrontiert diesen Monat während einer Kundgebung in Oregon einen Gegenprotestierenden

Die Gruppe hat eine Geschichte von Straßengewalt gegen linke und antifaschistische Aktivisten und Protestbewegungen. In den letzten Monaten haben Proud Boys wiederholt an Demonstrationen der Black Lives Matter teilgenommen, die im ganzen Land stattfanden und bei mehreren Gelegenheiten gewaltsame Zusammenstöße auslösten. Im Bild: Ein stolzer Junge konfrontiert diesen Monat während einer Kundgebung in Oregon einen Gegenprotestierenden

Berichterstattung von Megan Sheets für DailyMail.com

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