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USA: 'Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,' says Trump, Biden brands him 'racist'05:18

USA: 'Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,' says Trump, Biden brands him 'racist'

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September 30, 2020 at 03:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

Incumbent US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with his opponent, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for the first presidential debate, at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Tuesday.

Trump told the right-wing 'Proud Boys' group to 'stand back and stand by' during a discussion on white supremacists and right-wing militia. The moderator had asked the president if he was willing to condemn such groups and to ask them to stand down and not 'add to the violence' seen in several cities across the US.

"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by," Trump said. He then turned abruptly to comment on Antifa, saying, "But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem this is a left wing."

Biden responded, saying: "his own FBI director said unlike white supremacists, Antifa is an idea not an organisation."

With early voting already underway, the 2020 US presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 3.

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Incumbent US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with his opponent, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden for the first presidential debate, at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Tuesday.

Trump told the right-wing 'Proud Boys' group to 'stand back and stand by' during a discussion on white supremacists and right-wing militia. The moderator had asked the president if he was willing to condemn such groups and to ask them to stand down and not 'add to the violence' seen in several cities across the US.

"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by," Trump said. He then turned abruptly to comment on Antifa, saying, "But I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem this is a left wing."

Biden responded, saying: "his own FBI director said unlike white supremacists, Antifa is an idea not an organisation."

With early voting already underway, the 2020 US presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 3.

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