[WATCH] Proud Boys Can Be Seen in Official Trump Campaign Ad
The Proud Boys are having a national moment thanks to Donald Trump’s dog whistle at the first Presidential Debate on Tuesday night. Trump’s inability to denounce white supremacy has been a defining moment of the debate, and the Proud Boys have not only taken up his call to “Stand By and Stand Back”; they’ve already begun to take his words literally off of social media and into the real world. Typical of Trump’s many verbal gaffes, he’s been trying to do damage control after the fact by pulling the old “I don’t know them” excuse.
However, an official Trump campaign video entitled “Stronger” released earlier this year includes footage from a rally in Colorado showing the Proud Boys in several scenes. The footage was taken during Trump’s rally at the Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs in February, just before the COVID19 lockdowns began.
The arms of one person wearing a black and yellow Proud Boys jacket can be seen towards the beginning of the video, and a different person wearing the same jacket and holding a MAGA hat can been seen towards the end. The group was also photographed flashing the “OK” hand symbol—a gesture that has been co-opted by the far-right to show support for white supremacy and was added to the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hateful symbols in September 2019.
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, who infamously once recorded a video entitled “10 Things I Hate Most About the Jews” is reveling in his group’s newfound status, but as a Canadian in the United States engaging in domestic terrorism, there are some calling for his immediate deportation.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 30, 2020