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OH – GUN POLITICS – ‘Stand Back And Stand By’: 5 Things To Know About The Proud Boys

Toward the end of Tuesday night’s debate with former Vice President Joe Biden, President Donald Trump declined to denounce white supremacy outright but, when pressed, told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” Biden, the Democratic candidate in the Nov. 3 general election, gave Trump the name of the Proud Boys as an example of white supremacist groups or armed militias that debate moderator Chris Wallace had asked the president to denounce. “What do you want to call them?” Trump asked. “Give me a name.” Here are five things to know about the Proud Boys:

1. Who Are The Proud Boys? Canadian-British right-wing activist and Vice magazine co-founder Gavin McInnes created the Proud Boys in the run-up to Trump’s election in 2016. It’s a men-only international group, and members take this oath: “I am a proud western chauvinist, I refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” Proud Boys members adamantly deny they’re part of the racist alt-right, describing themselves as a fraternal group spreading messages of “anti-political correctness” and “anti-white guilt.” Members generally support strong gun rights and reject feminism and gender equality. 2. Are The Proud Boys A Hate Group?  [full article]

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