Donald Trump condemns ALL white supremacists and Proud Boys after telling them to ‘stand by’ during debate
DONALD Trump has condemned ALL white supremacists after telling the Proud Boys to "stand by" during the heated presidential debate.
The President's words on Tuesday night were celebrated online by the organization which has been accused of inciting violence during clashes across the US.
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However, in a new interview with Fox News, Trump explicitly condemned the notorious right-wing group.
“I’ve said it many times, and let me be clear again: I condemn the KKK (Ku Klux Klan). I condemn all white supremacists," Trump told Sean Hannity.
"I condemn the Proud Boys. I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing. But I condemn that."
The president – who is currently battling coronavirus – went on to complain that his treatment over his debate comment has been unfair.
"I condemn them and if I say it 100 times it won't be enough because it's fake news," he said.
"I've condemned them in the past and for years I've condemned people."
The president also repeated his belief that rival Joe Biden should condemn Antifa.
He called the left-wing group, who have a history of clashing with Proud Boys members, “a horrible group of people.”
Trump found himself under fire after he was asked by presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace if he was "willing to condemn white supremacists."
The President then said: “Proud Boys need to stand back and stand by, but I’ll tell you what, somebody has got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem, this is a left-wing problem."
Members of the hated group promptly posted: "We're ready" and their account on the social media app Telegram promptly posted: "Standing down and standing by sir."
Who are the Proud Boys?
THE Proud Boys is an all-male white nationalist hate group that was founded in 2016.
It was launched in New York City in 2016 and has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
They have often been seen squaring off with Antifa protesters in cities across the US.
There are three degrees of membership, according to the SPLC.
"To become a first degree in the 'pro-West fraternal organization' a prospective member simply has to declare 'I am a western chauvinist, and I refuse to apologize for creating the modern world,'" the SPLC says.
"To enter the second degree, a Proud Boy has to endure a beating until they can yell out the names of five breakfast cereals (in order to demonstrate 'adrenaline control') and give up masturbation because, in theory, it will leave them more inclined to go out and meet women.
"Those who enter the third degree have demonstrated their commitment by getting a Proud Boys tattoo. "
The SPLC adds: "Any man – no matter his race or sexual-orientation – can join the fraternal organization as long as they 'recognize that white men are not the problem.'
"Women have their own contingent called the Proud Boys’ Girls."
The group denies any connection to the racist “alt-right,” according to the SPLC, claiming they are simply a "fraternal group spreading an 'anti-political correctness' and 'anti-white guilt' agenda."
Proud Boys is a far-right organization launched in New York in 2016 which has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
It has appeared alongside other alt-right groups at extremist gatherings, including the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2018 which left counter-protester Heather Heyer dead and 19 others injured.
On Wednesday, the president told the press he has "always denounced" white supremacy, before claiming that he doesn't know the militant group.
"I don't know who the Proud Boys are," Trump said.
"You'll have to give me a definition because I really don't know who they are.
"I can only say they have to stand down and let law enforcement do their work"
He spoke out as Nancy Pelosi said the male-only group were Trump's "friends" and claimed he gave them the "green light" with his words during the debate.
"Speaking of violence," the House Speaker began, "the Proud Boys, the president's friends, you know, the Proud Boys who are celebrating the green light that he gave them in the debate."
She went on to share a personal story about how the Proud Boys violently interrupted a press conference she was at in South Florida during the 2018 campaign.
She said the group was doing the bidding of Florida Republicans.
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