As an extremism researcher, I can confidently say that telling militias, Proud Boys, and white supremacists to "stand by" will be taken quite literally as a call to prep with civil war— Alex Newhouse (@AlexBNewhouse) September 30, 2020
Pressed at the debate to condemn "white supremacist and militia groups," Trump said he would. Then, after Joe Biden pushed him to condemn the far-right extremist "Proud Boys," Trump told them to "stand back and stand by," then immediately pivoted to attacking the left — without condemning either the Proud Boys or white supremacist groups.A day later, Trump is now claiming that he has no idea who the Proud Boys are . . .But there is zero doubt that the Proud Boys, who celebrated Trump's initial comments with great joy, as well as other similar groups, will continue taking an undiluted message of empowerment from what happened. . . .As Neumann recounted, she had a front-row view of the surge of right-wing extremist activity in the Trump era, since it took place on her watch. She said that in her position, she tried to get Trump to take this sort of right-wing extremism far more seriously, yet was unable to do so. . . ."I concluded after the attacks in El Paso that POTUS was complicit in the deaths of Americans for his refusal to recognize his language was in the shooter's manifesto," tweeted Neumann, who has said she voted for Trump [in 2016] . . . "He was given the opportunity to condemn White Supremacy," she said. "He refused."What this strongly suggests is that Trump surely knows that all sorts of right-wing extremists and white supremacists out there are paying extremely close attention to his language, both about their potential targets and about the groups themselves.[Neumann:] "Extremists will assume he was sending them a signal last night."Here's the final point: It seems likely that Trump and his staff have been extensively briefed on all these nuances — that these groups pay extremely close attention to what he says about their activity, and that hedging or equivocating in response to it only emboldens them further. Yet this continues unabated.
This is a telling statement. "Law and order" to Trump is the same thing as white supremacy. https://t.co/q50qccFyOa— digby (@digby56) September 30, 2020
Did everyone catch this in the debate? When he says "take care of business" he means summary execution. Which he has been promoting since 2016: pic.twitter.com/GkmnFto0nB— digby (@digby56) October 1, 2020
https://t.co/YAFxOMPWKE: "Dozens" of conservative Facebook pages have been sharing an image of Sen. Kamala Harris under the quote, "I like taking the guns early." But that is a quote from...President Donald Trump. https://t.co/YNNT7ggvKf— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) October 1, 2020
Pulling out of the remaining debates would to me be a major sign of weakness and a concession of defeat for either candidate, and I would be surprised if Trump did it. But this tweet seems to lay the groundwork for it. https://t.co/mW556KFZEF— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 1, 2020
"etc." is doing world historical work here https://t.co/r2eJDQXEmt— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 1, 2020
33 days until the election and the Trump campaign is laser focused on the defining issue of our troubled times -- working the presidential debate refs https://t.co/3jCwwGHoeL— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 1, 2020
imagine believing in 2020 that President Bleach Injections is interested in a serious exchange of views https://t.co/xw4pfVDGlw— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 1, 2020
Chris Wallace now declares the debate "a success. It may not have been pretty, but it was revealing.”— Dan Froomkin/PressWatchers.org (@froomkin) October 1, 2020
Bravely says of Trump's "stand by" advisory to white supremacists: “I think people will read into that what they want to.” https://t.co/vzzRmp5fTH https://t.co/p0ifg9GMay
Miles Taylor, Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff (2017-19):
Lou Dobbs: "The President maintained his cool throughout that debate" pic.twitter.com/cqquniO9mz— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) September 30, 2020
The president would call us and . . . he would say, "Why the hell didn't you watch Lou Dobbs last night? You need to listen to Lou. What Lou says is what I want to do." So if Lou Dobbs peddled a conspiracy theory on late-night television or made an erroneous claim about what should be done . . . at the border . . . the president wanted us to be tuning in every night. . . . [We were] trying to guard against some of the most severe threats to this country. We can't be watching Lou Dobbs and taking our orders from him, but this happened on a regular basis.
Not a good day for Steve pic.twitter.com/L9RcDQCCG7— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 1, 2020
Not a good look here questioning a congresswoman’s citizenship pic.twitter.com/dxXUviLDdb— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 1, 2020
If Joe Biden could listen to someone talking to him in an earpiece, while combating Trumps constant interruptions and answer Wallace’s questions all at the same time , he deserves the congressional Medal of Honor and the presidency.— Michael LeBlanc (@Michael50685419) October 1, 2020
Report on CNBC right now of a hospital in Green Bay, WI that is over 100% capacity.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 30, 2020
The president is holding a rally in Green Bay this weekend and local officials are concerned it will be a super spreader event.
Pretending the virus doesn't exist is now just a core GOP principle. https://t.co/UN1Svbnwf3— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) October 1, 2020