During the first presidential debate, Donald Trump shocked the world when he refused to condemn white supremacist groups that support him.
When asked about groups like the 'Proud Boys' who have been linked to the violence in cities like Kenosha, Wisconsin and Portland, Oregon, Trump told them to 'stand by' and claimed that he had seen more trouble created by members of the left.
The president said:
Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. 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.
This statement from the president sparked outrage but his niece, Mary Trump, who hit headlines earlier this year thanks to her tell-all book on her uncle, has a theory on what this message from the president actually means.
Appearing on 'The Dean Obeidallah Show' on SiriusXM, Mary Trump claimed that the president wasn't actually telling anyone to 'stand down' but was actually sending them an 'order.'
First of all he's a white supremacist so he'd have to denounce himself which will never happen. Secondly, denouncing white supremacy doesn't get him anywhere with his base and that's the only people he's talking to anymore because he personally knows that he's incapable of building a coalition anyway, so that's all he's got.
What I would say is that it wasn't a shout out but it was an order and we need to see it in those terms and we should be terrified by that. He knows exactly who they are and he doesn't care that they are violent white supremacist, racist, Nazis, he only cares that they support him and that's the only criteria that matters to him.
Trump's comments during Tuesday's debates with Joe Biden were greeted positively by the Proud Boys who were quick to produce T-shirts and stickers featuring the president's quote, which Amazon has already blocked the sale of.
Trump has since said that he "doesn't know who the Proud Boys are" and told them to let law enforcement officers do their work. However, when asked how he feels about have white supremacists supporting him, Trump said he "wants law and order."
REPORTER: “White supremacists, they clearly love you and support you, do you welcome that?”
TRUMP: “I want law and… https://t.co/ruIgLknYYi
Biden was considered to be the winner of the first poll but there are still two more presidential debates and a vice presidents' one to go which may allow Trump to repair some of the damage, however national polls still put Biden ahead of Trump in key swing states.