White House says there isn’t ‘anything to clarify’ on Proud Boys

  • The White House is making no effort to spin or clear up President Donald Trump’s comments on the Proud Boys during Tuesday night’s debate.
  • In an interview on Fox News, White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah was pressed by host Sandra Smith on what Trump meant by “stand by.”
  • “I don’t think that there’s anything to clarify,” Farah said.
  • Shortly after Trump said, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” the far-right extremist group began using it as a recruiting tool.
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Despite substantial blowback and calls from Republicans for President Donald Trump to clear up his comments on the Proud Boys hate group during Tuesday night’s debate, the White House is doubling down.

Fox News host Sandra Smith pressed White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah on the issue Wednesday.

“The president saying, ‘Proud Boys, stand back and stand by’ — does the White House or the president want to clarify or explain what he meant by that?” Smith asked. “Because they’re celebrating it, the group.”

“I don’t think there’s anything to clarify,” Farah replied. “He’s told them to stand back.”

She added: “This president has surged federal resources when violent crime warrants it in cities. He is leading. He doesn’t need any sort of vigilante-ism.”

Following the usual line of attack from Trump, Farah pivoted to blaming Democrats and the left for violence in cities by not accepting the president’s calls for federal law enforcement to go in and use more force than local officials.

“What we’ve called for is Democrat mayors and Democrat governors to call up the resources we’re prepared to make available,” she said.

Meanwhile, Kate Bedingfield, the communications director for former Vice President Joe Biden, told a Daily Beast reporter that Trump squandered

White House says there’s no need to clarify Trump’s response to white supremacists debate question

President Trump’s team doesn’t think he did anything wrong at Tuesday’s night’s debate, especially when it came to denouncing white supremacists.

Trump’s refusal to denounce far-right extremists led even Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade to declare the president blew “the biggest layup in the history of debates” and ask Trump to “clear it up.” But when Fox News tried to do just that with White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah on Wednesday morning, Farah said “I don’t think that there’s anything to clarify. He told them to stand back.”

Trump campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley also didn’t think there was anything wrong with Trump telling the far-right Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” “He wants them to get out of the way,” Gidley said.

But Proud Boy members didn’t take it that way. As NBC News reports, the group’s chat rooms and social media accounts lit up with praise for Trump after his refusal to denounce them, and some even turned Trump’s words into a meme and rallying cry, calling Trump the “general of the Proud Boys.”

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