Common Dreams - December 13, 2020
"Trump told the Proud Boys to 'stand back and stand by' and they listened to their Chosen One," said New York Times contributing opinion writer Wajahat Ali. "This is all on you, Republicans. You have enabled all of this."
At least four people were stabbed Saturday as supporters of President Donald Trump, including maskless Proud Boys in helmets and bulletproof vests, descended on the nation's capital and clashed with counterprotesters—violence that some critics tied to the president's pre-election directive to the self-described "western chauvinists."
During a debate ahead of his loss in November, Trump had told the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by," which swiftly elicited criticism that he was inciting violence. Designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Proud Boys are known for their white nationalist, anti-Muslim, and misogynistic rhetoric as well as their presence at the infamous 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville.
The Washington Post reported late Saturday that "in smaller numbers than their gathering last month, they roamed from the Capitol to the Mall and back again, seeking inspiration from speakers who railed against the Supreme Court, Fox News, and President-elect Joe Biden. The crowds cheered for recently pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn, marched with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and stood in awe of a flyover from what appeared to be Marine One."
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