Boebert silent on Trump’s call for white nationalist Proud Boys to ‘stand by’

Boebert silent on Trump’s call for white nationalist Proud Boys to ‘stand by’

In the wake of Tuesday’s brutally contentious presidential debate in which former Vice President Joe Biden called President Donald Trump a racist and Trump urged violent white extremist groups to “stand by” leading up to Election Day, gun-rights advocate and far-right Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert remained silent on the issue Wednesday morning. Boebert’s campaign did not return an email requesting comment on Wednesday morning, and her official Twitter feed didn’t weigh in either, instead simply declaring Trump the winner : “1st Place: President Donald J. Trump 2nd Place: Chris Wallace 3rd Place: Joe Biden.” Trump’s refusal to disavow violent white supremacy groups that his own FBI director recently testified are responsible for the majority of domestic terrorism threats has become the dominant storyline of Tuesday night’s heated and often ugly presidential debate, especially during the nation’s ongoing reckoning with racial injustice. Asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he would “condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities,” Trump first said, “sure,” but then added, “Proud Boys, stand back, stand by.” Members of the white supremacist Proud Boys group immediately sent those words out in tweets with the group’s logo. The Proud Boys, who were on hand for the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017, have been declared a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center . Boebert late last year attended an anti-Red Flag Law […]

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