In a chaotic first presidential debate, U.S. President Donald Trump was asked to condemn white supremacy and instead told the far-right group Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”
Trump’s mention of the Proud Boys, an alt-right group that promotes anti-immigration rhetoric, seemed to have “legitimized and emboldened the group,” according to Richard Moon, a law professor at the University of Waterloo who specializes in hate speech and freedom of expression.
As Jackson Proskow reports, he tried to walk-back the controversial comment, but the damage was already done.
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