President Trump told reporters on Wednesday that he doesn’t know who the Proud Boys are, after saying at the presidential debate last night that the far-right group should “stand back and stand by” in response to a question asking him to condemn white supremacists.
“I don’t know who the Proud Boys are. You’ll have to give me a definition because I really don’t know who they are,” Trump told reporters. “I can only say they have to stand down and let law enforcement do their work. … As people see how bad this radical liberal Democrat movement is and how weak, the law enforcement is going to come back stronger and stronger.”
“But again, I don’t know who Proud Boys are, but whoever they are, they have to stand down and let law enforcement do their work,” Trump added.
“Mr. President, during the speech when you said ‘stand by,’ that might be [inaudible],” a reporter asked.
“Just stand by. Look, law enforcement will do their work. They’re going to stand down, they have to stand down. Everybody. Whatever group you are talking about, let law enforcement do the work. Now, antifa is a real problem. Because the problem is on the left. And Biden refuses to talk about it,” Trump responded.
"Antifa is a real problem" — Trump on what he meant last night when he told the Proud Boys to "stand by" pic.twitter.com/B7B8dGE6gW
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 30, 2020