The first night of the three presidential debates was a tense battle between the two presidential aspirants, the incumbent US President Donald Trump, and former Vice President, Joe Biden.
Fox News host Chris Wallace moderated the event.
The two candidates butted heads in a series of insults and attacks, interrupting one another.
Moreover, topics that were discussed include the economy, jobs, health care, COVID-19 response, and race-related issues.
Stand Back, and Stand By
One of the questions Wallace threw at the President is about White Supremacy.
Wallace asked Trump if he would “condemn white supremacists and militia groups” for them to “stand down.”
However, instead of answering directly, Trump pointed out that almost all [of the violence] he sees is “from the left-wing, not from the right-wing.”
Later on, Trump followed through with his answer “I’m willing to do anything, I wanna see peace” and asked Wallace what to call “them.”
“White supremacists,” Wallace and Biden answered, and “Proud Boys,” added Biden.
However, Trump did not condemn white supremacy.
Trump, instead, specifically addressed the Proud Boys in his statement telling them to “stand back, and stand by” before turning back to “Antifa and the left.”
A few minutes after Trump’s statement, the Proud Boys, an organization for “western chauvinists” celebrated his words.
According to NBC News, the group’s account in Telegram took the statement as Trump’s “marching orders.”
“Standing down and standing by, sir,” the Telegram account said, per an NBC reporter’s twitter post.
Who are the Proud Boys?
According to an Independent report, Proud Boys are regulars in pro-Trump, and right-wing rallies.
The Proud Boys is an alt-lite group founded by Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes in 2016.
According to McInnes, the “basic tenet of the group is that they are Western Chauvinists.”
The group also has various chapters across the US and other countries like Britain, Australia, and Norway, per the Anti Defamation League (ADL).
In addition, the group claims it is unapologetic in “creating the modern world” and long for the days when “girls were girls, and men were men.”
According to ADL, the group’s main ideology consists of misogyny, Islamophobia, Transphobia, and anti-immigrant sentiments.
Moreover, some of its members adopt ideologies of white supremacists and anti-Semites.