Media Smears The Proud Boys As ‘White Supremacists’—And Republicans Believe Them!
10/01/2020
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The media is in an apoplectic frenzy over President Trump’s refusal to condemn the Proud Boys. Journalists call the pro-Trump group violent white supremacists who pose a far greater danger than Antifa. And the worst part of all: Republican politicians agree with the lying press.

The media image of the Proud Boys is not based in reality. The Proud Boys, despite their white supremacist reputation, are explicitly multiracial. An assortment of group pictures easily demonstrates. The group’s leader, Enrique Tarrio, is Afro-Cuban. The Daily Beast noticed the group’s surprising level of diversity two years ago, yet the outlet still concluded the Proud Boys are white supremacist [Why Young Men of Color Are Joining White-Supremacist Groups, by Arun Gupta, The Daily Beast, September 4, 2018].

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In typical fashion, Republican on Capitol Hill believe the media’s smears about the Proud Boys. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott demanded Trump explicitly condemn the Proud Boys. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said the “Proud Boys is a racist organization antithetical to American ideals” [Republicans Scold Trump on White Supremacy, Fearing a Drag on the Party, by Alexander Burns, Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman, The New York Times, September 30, 2020].

Trump’s own aides condemned the group. Trump campaign national press secretary Hogan Gidley called the Proud Boys “a reprehensible group” and insisted the President condemned them.

An anonymous White House adviser simply told CNN: F*** the Proud Boys.”

It’s another depressing sign that Trump is much better than the party he leads.

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