It was a drama night for Americans and the rest of the world who were glued to USA #PresidentialDebate as the aspirants of the two leading political parties: Donald Trump of the Republican and Joe Biden of the Democrat almost exchange blow in a live broadcast.
The moderator had to intervene at several intervals else it would been another presidential wrestling night as both candidates were visibly demonstrating angers and advances towards each other to fight.
A fall of the debate saw that president Donald Trump refused to condemn White supremacists for inciting violence at anti-police brutality demonstrations across the country, claiming instead during the presidential debate that violence was coming from “the left wing.”
The stunning moment came when moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he was ready to condemn White supremacists and say they need to stand down during ongoing demonstrations across the country.
“Sure, I’m willing to (tell them to stand down), but I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right wing. I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace,” Trump said.
“Say it. Do it. Say it,” Democratic nominee Joe Biden interjected, encouraging Trump to condemn White supremacists.
However, to the disappointment of viewers, Trump casts doubt on the legitimacy of the election and refuses to condemn White supremacists in chaotic debate.
“Who would you like me to condemn?” Trump asked Wallace. Biden could be heard twice saying, “Proud Boys.”
Trump continued: “Proud Boys — stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem.”
Members of the Proud Boys, a far-right collective that the Southern Poverty Law Center says is a hate group, have been seen in their black and yellow polo shirt uniform at multiple 2020 Trump campaign rallies.
Founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, the group is known for its anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric and describes members as “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.”
The group’s site argues its allure stems from the fact that young American men and women are “finished” with “apology culture” but disavows links to the alt-right or to White supremacists.
McInnes is suing the Southern Poverty Law Center for designating the organization a hate group.
The President’s pointed refusal to denounce White supremacists and his mention of the group, specifically, drew immediate celebration from members of the Proud Boys.
Images of an updated Proud Boys logo featuring the President’s “stand by” remark in the group’s signature yellow and black swiftly circulated online.
Paraphrased from CNN