Trump’s Campaign Spox Pressed on POTUS’ Refusal To Condemn Proud Boys During Debate

Trump’s campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley is being pressed by CNN’s John Berman over President Donald Trump avoiding condemning white supremacy and militia groups during the first presidential debate.

Berman asked Gidley, the former White House deputy press secretary, on Wednesday what the president meant when he told the Proud Boys, a far-right group, to “stand by.” Gidley responded that Trump wants them to “get out of the way.”

“He wants [Proud Boys] to get out of the way. He wants them to not do the things they say they want to do. This is a reprehensible group,” Gidley said.

After the press secretary’s remarks, Berman said Gidley went “ten thousand times further” than Trump did during the debate. Berman noted that Trump did not call the Proud Boys “reprehensible,” before noting that the Proud Boys tweeted, “YES SIR, PROUD BOYS STANDING BY.”

When asked directly if he condemns the Proud Boys, Gidley responded that he “absolutely” does. As Gidley continued, Berman interjected to note again that Trump did not “call [the Proud Boys] out last night.”

Gidley then said, “John, when he was asked would he disavow them, would he condemn them, he said ‘sure’ three times in the one clip you just played. I don’t know how many other ways you want him to condemn these types of groups.”

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As The New York Times reports, Proud Boys have “openly endorsed violence” and “recently been tied to several violent incidents at recent protests.”

When Trump was asked to condemn white supremacy and far-right groups during the debate in Ohio on Tuesday night, the president responded, “Sure. 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.”

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After being pressed by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who moderated the debate, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Trump said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left.”

Responses

  1. The PB did not misinterpret what King Donald The Loser said. They already have T-shirts with his royal new slogan for them on them: “Stand back, stand by PB”.

  2. Phoenix, your interpretation of Trump’s remark IS what the Proud Boys indicated via Twitter that THEIR interpretation of Trump’s response was. Sen Scott stated that he believed Trump “misspoke” but added that if Trump does not correct it, then he didn’t misspeak.

  3. Then it should have been easy for Trump to say, “i condem Proud Boys amd similar far right groups.”

    But he DIDN’T. He said “stand down and standby” then went off about how someone needs to do something about Antifa. That was NOT condeming and no Trump mouthpiece is going to be able to backtrack what the president said on national television. He is a freaking disgrace.

    For the record – standby literally means be ready to be used when you are needed. That is not condemnation. Those are orders.

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