Who are the Proud Boys?

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    The Proud Boys are within the headlines after their point out on the presidential debate (Picture: Getty Images)

    Donald Trump attracted criticism after he refused to condemn white supremacy at the first presidential debate, telling an infamous group known as the Proud Boys to ‘stand by.’

    He made the swerve after Fox News moderator Chris Wallace asked the President whether he was willing to condemn white supremacists – leading to opponent Joe Biden pressing him further.

    His subsequent remarks led to shock and condemnation, as he appeared to blame ongoing unrest across the US on left-wing groups.

    But just who are the Proud Boys? Here’s what you need to know…

    Who are the Proud Boys?

    The Proud Boys, founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes – a co-founder of Vice Media – is a far-right, all-male group who describe themselves as ‘Western chauvinists who refuse to apologise for creating the modern world’.

    The group takes its name from the song Proud Of Your Boy, which featured in the musical version of Disney’s movie Aladdin.

    Their members have to publicly declare they are a Proud Boy and a Trump supporter, with the group’s ideas including ‘glorify the entrepreneur’, ‘close the border’, ‘end welfare’, and ‘give everyone a gun’ as well as redefining traditional gender roles (or as they put it ‘venerate the housewife’).

    Members of the Proud Boys

    The group has been vocal in Portland amid the recent protests (Picture: Getty Images)

    The group – which McInnes left in 2018 – has become known for violent confrontations with far-left group Antifa – and have recently been involved in clashes in Portland, which has faced protests since the killing of George Floyd in police custody – which in turn sparked Black Lives Matter protests across the world.

    Proud Boys members are also known for wearing black and yellow Fred Perry polo shirts – which has led to the company saying it will no longer sell the shirt in the US.

    The British clothes maker said on its website: ‘Fred Perry does not support and is in no way affiliated with the Proud Boys.

    ‘It is incredibly frustrating that this group has appropriated our Black/Yellow/Yellow twin tipped shirt and subverted our Laurel Wreath to their own ends.’

    What did Donald Trump say about the Proud Boys?

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    When asked: ‘Are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups?’ Trump said: ‘I’m willing to do anything I want peace.’

    Biden then urged the president, ‘Do it. Say it. ‘What do you want me to say?’ Trump said, ‘What do you want to call them? Give me a name.’

    ‘White supremacists,’ the moderator Wallace said. Trump responded, ‘Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,’ in an apparent friendly reference to the group.

    It is unclear what he meant by the remark, with Proud Boy groups online reportedly celebrating ecstatically at what they saw as a gesture of support from the President of the United States.

    The comments also led to shock among those watching, with Democratic former presidential nominee Pete Buttigieg tweeting: ‘Did the President of the United States just instruct a white supremacist group to ‘stand by’?

    Who are The Proud Boys?

    They’re the white supremacist group Donald Trump last night told to ‘stand back and stand by’, but who exactly are The Proud Boys?

    Geplaatst door Metro op Woensdag 30 september 2020

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