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FAR-RIGHT US group the Proud Boys celebrated Donald Trump’s presidential debate shout-out by making his statement “stand back, stand by” a part of its new logo.
The extremist group pledged allegiance to the President on Tuesday night after he made the comments, deemed by some as a call to arms.
During the presidential debate, when asked to condemn white supremacy groups Mr Trump said: “Proud Boys? Stand back and stand by.
“But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s gotta do something about Antifa and the left, because this is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem.”
The Proud Boys is a violent, nationalist, Islamophobic, transphobic and misogynistic hate group, according to the Anti-Defamation League which tracks extremist groups.
Proud Boys members have been seen at multiple 2020 Trump campaign rallies in their black and yellow polo-shirt uniform.
Following the debate, the group posted on Telegram: “Standing down and standing by sir.”
Far-right activist Joe Biggs wrote on his social-media page: “President Trump told the proud boys to stand by because someone needs to deal with ANTIFA… well sir! we’re ready!!”
In a separate tweet, he added: “Trump basically said to go fuck them up! This makes me so happy.”
Mr Trump’s Democrat opponent, Joe Biden, who was forced to tell him “Will you shut up, man” during the debate because of repeated interruptions, said in a series of tweets: “Donald Trump isn’t a law-and-order president.
“He’s a president who breaks the law and creates disorder.
“Under this president, we’ve become weaker, sicker, poorer, more divided and more violent.
“We need a president who will bring us together, not tear us further apart.”
The candidates clashed fiercely in what has been decsribed as the most chaotic White House debate in years.
Over 90 minutes the pair talked over each other while discussing policies on healthcare, the pandemic, economy, the environment, legislation and protests.
According to CBS, Mr Trump interrupted Mr Biden 73 times.
Opinion polls are suggesting that Mr Biden has a slight lead over Mr Trump, but with 34 days until the election, the contest is expected to be a close one.
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