Black Pittsburghers react to President Trump’s ‘stand back and stand by’ debate comments to extremist group
By Kylie Walker, For Pittsburgh Action News 4
October 01, 2020
Black Americans in Pittsburgh are not surprised by the comments from President Donald Trump during the first presidential debate on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, 1Hood Media shared reactions during a virtual panel titled “This Week in White Supremacy.”
“I actually did not expect Donald Trump to condemn these white militia groups,” said founder Jasiri X.
The president refused to condemn white supremacists instead telling the Proud Boys, the organization Vice President Joe Biden pressed him on, to “stand back and stand by.” Jasiri X shared his thoughts on President Trump’s words.
“I look at it as a threat to my democracy and my ability to go to the poll and vote safely and vote without any confrontation or violence,” he said.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Proud Boys is a fringe, extremist group loosely connected to right wing ideology. ADL representative James Pasch told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 via Zoom that the Patriot Front is the largest white supremacist group operating in western Pennsylvania.
“It’s a group that spreads white supremacist ideology through propaganda,” Pasch said. “We follow their trajectory because the spread of propaganda is what leads to other more dangerous things.”
On Wednesday, the president tried to clean up the comments he made on stage but still did not outright condemn the Proud Boys. Miracle Jones with 1Hood called President Trump’s comments a disappointment.
“If you can’t like disavow a violent white supremacist group, the least you can do is ask them to stand down not stand by, not stay on the ready,” said Jones.
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