Trump unwilling to decry hate groups for fear of losing their votes

Far-right radicals and militia groups got a huge fist bump when President Trump was unwilling to condemn their actions in front of a live audience of 73 million.

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Opinion

October 5, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Armed members of the far-right Proud Boys groups stand guard during a memorial for Patriot Prayer member Aaron Jay Danielson on September 5, 2020 in Vancouver, Washington. Danielson was shot and killed on Saturday, August 29 during a pro-Trump rally in Portland, Oregon. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images/TNS)

The winner of last week’s presidential debate was fear.

Far-right radicals and militia groups got a huge fist bump when President Trump was unwilling to condemn their actions in front of a live audience of 73 million. 

By debate’s end, the Proud Boys militia group had modified their logo to include Trump’s advice to “Stand back and stand by.” 

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