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“Stand back and Stand by”

That’s what Donald Trump said, speaking directly to violent white supremacist groups like the Proud Boys, when asked if he would denounce them at the debate.

This wasn’t a denunciation. It wasn’t a condemnation. It was a recognition, and a call for the Proud Boys—and any number of racist man-child vigilante cosplayers just like them—to be at-the-ready.

Let me just tell you who the Proud Boys are and what this means. This is a militant group of white supremacists, and one of the most prominent domestic terrorist threats—and they’re now using Donald Trump’s words as their slogan.

In a night that Donald Trump also called for his supporters to intimidate voters at the polls, this brief moment of the “debate” was the most alarmingand disgraceful.

Bill Fuller

Bill Fuller

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