Trump on Proud Boys: "I really don't know who they are"

by Laura Mize · Oct 1st, 2020 11:12 am

Last Updated Oct 2nd, 2020 at 12:01 pm

President Trump told reporters Wednesday that he does not know who the Proud Boys are in an attempt to clear confusion about remarks he made when asked about the group during Tuesday's debate.

"I don't know who the Proud Boys are," Trump said Wednesday. "I mean, 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."

During the debate, moderator Chris Wallace specifically asked Trump to condemn white supremacists, citing the Proud Boys, a right-wing men's group criticized for reportedly promoting misogynistic and racist views, as an example. The Proud Boys have been involved in violent conflicts with left-wing demonstrators.

Trump responded that the group should "stand back and stand by." Critics have said Trump's words were practically an endorsement, a claim the group's leader disagrees with. Enrique Torrio, who leads the group, is Cuban and black.

"Sure, I'm willing to do that," Trump said. "But I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not the right-wing. I am willing to do anything. I want to see peace."

Trump then brought up left-wing group Antifa, prompting Biden to say that Antifa is "an idea, not an organization."

Trump's campaign has pointed out that his Black America Plan will classify the KKK as a terrorist organization and classifies lynching as a national hate crime.


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