Trump denies knowing who ‘Proud Boys’ are, again declines to condemn white supremacy by name

Leaving the White House for campaign appearances in Minnesota, Trump told reporters he doesn’t know who the “Proud Boys” are — despite having told the far-right group, which reportedly has described itself as “western chauvinist” but not white supremacist, to “stand back and stand by” at the debate.

“I don’t know who the Proud Boys are. I mean, you’ll you have to give me a definition because I really don’t know who they are. I can only say they have to stand down, let law enforcement do their work,” Trump said of the group which has staged counter protests in cities like Portland that have experienced recent violence.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sept. 30, 2020.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sept. 30, 2020.

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sept. 30, 2020.

Asked directly on Wednesday if he would denounce white supremacy, Trump claimed he has always denounced it — but once again didn’t use the words “white supremacy.”

“I’ve always denounced — any form, any form, any form of any of that — you have to denounce,” Trump said.

A White House spokesperson had said earlier in the day there was nothing for the president to “clarify.”

At Tuesday’s debate, asked by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News whether he was “willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence,” the president at first said, “Sure, I’m willing to do that.”

When Wallace pressed him, the president asked, “What do you want to call them?”

“White supremacists and right-wing militias,” Wallace said, as former Vice President Joe Biden interjected the name “Proud Boys.”

“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” Trump then replied. “But I’ll tell you what, somebody has got to do something about antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem.”

The group reportedly has previously denied links to white supremacy or violence.

The Proud Boys describe themselves as “a pro-Western fraternal organization for men,” according to the New York Times, and have denied they are part of the “alt-right” — but members have recently been connected to white supremacist groups.

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White House says there isn’t ‘anything to clarify’ on Proud Boys

  • The White House is making no effort to spin or clear up President Donald Trump’s comments on the Proud Boys during Tuesday night’s debate.
  • In an interview on Fox News, White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah was pressed by host Sandra Smith on what Trump meant by “stand by.”
  • “I don’t think that there’s anything to clarify,” Farah said.
  • Shortly after Trump said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” the far-right extremist group began using it as a recruiting tool.
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Despite substantial blowback and calls from Republicans for President Donald Trump to clear up his comments on the Proud Boys hate group during Tuesday night’s debate, the White House is doubling down.

Fox News host Sandra Smith pressed White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah on the issue Wednesday.

“The president saying, ‘Proud Boys, stand back and stand by’ — does the White House or the president want to clarify or explain what he meant by that?” Smith asked. “Because they’re celebrating it, the group.”

“I don’t think there’s anything to clarify,” Farah replied. “He’s told them to stand back.”

She added: “This president has surged federal resources when violent crime warrants it in cities. He is leading. He doesn’t need any sort of vigilante-ism.”

Following the usual line of attack from Trump, Farah pivoted to blaming Democrats and the left for violence in cities by not accepting the president’s calls for federal law enforcement to go in and use more force than local officials.

“What we’ve called for is Democrat mayors and Democrat governors to call up the resources we’re prepared to make available,” she said.

Meanwhile, Kate Bedingfield, the communications director for former Vice President Joe Biden, told a Daily Beast reporter that Trump squandered “multiple opportunities to say he disowns white supremacy.”

After being thrust into the national spotlight, the Proud Boys seized Trump’s remarks to begin a recruitment drive. 

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Police called in as YouTube stars Nelk Boys host huge party at ‘Jersey Shore’ house in Seaside

SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Borough police called in help from surrounding towns as a crowd numbering in the thousands descended on the area for an event organized by popular YouTube group the Nelk Boys, authorities said.

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Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd said police were performing “crowd control” and as of 8:30 p.m. the situation remained peaceful and under control. Boyd estimated the crowd had grown to a “couple thousand.”



a group of people standing next to a fence: Screenshot of an Instagram post on the Nelk Boys account showing police performing crowd control outside the Jersey Shore House in Seaside Heights.


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Screenshot of an Instagram post on the Nelk Boys account showing police performing crowd control outside the Jersey Shore House in Seaside Heights.

Authorities warned of road closures in the area.

Videos posted on Snapchat showed large groups of rowdy young people gathered in the streets of the borough. Many of the videos also showed a large police presence.

The night appeared to have gotten more tense as it wore on. Police from several surrounding towns swarmed Seaside Heights in an attempt to maintain order.

One video posted on social media showed officers wearing what appeared to be riot shields confronting revelers.

There were incidents of people throwing bottles at police, but for the most part the crowd remained under control, authorities said.

The Nelk Boys, a Canadian YouTube channel known for posting prank and party videos, posted on social media that the event was timed with the launch of new merchandise, basketball and baseball jerseys, from the group.

The group posted a video on Twitter in which they claimed they were being kicked out of the famed “Jersey Shore” house, which at one time housed cast members of the MTV reality show that made Seaside Heights famous around the world as a nightlife hotspot. The video showed a large group of people waiting outside the home being held back by police.

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Earlier in the day, the group posted a video from outside the home showing them popping champagne bottles.

The group, which has 5.71 million subscribers on YouTube, was sanctioned by the streaming giant last week after they were accusing of throwing huge parties at Illinois State University, BuzzFeed reported. The parties were being investigated by the university as a possible violation of coronavirus rules.

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The Nelk Boys previously protested COVID-19 restrictions in Los Angeles as part of a YouTube “stunt,” according to the report.

A YouTube spokesperson told BuzzFeed the group’s channel would be temporarily demonetized and their behavior was “creating a widespread public health risk.”

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