AOC Calls Trump a 'White Supremacist' After Proud Boys Debate Comments

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) labelled President Donald Trump a "white supremacist" following his comments on Proud Boys during Tuesday's election debate.

Trump was asked if would condemn "white supremacists and militia groups" and pressed to do so by Fox News moderator Chris Wallace and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The president asked: "Who would you like me to condemn?"

To which Biden said Proud Boys, a group labeled extremist and with "ties to white nationalism" by the FBI which has been involved in acts of violence amid protests and seen attacking BLM protesters in recent months.

Trump responded: "Proud Boys, stand back and stand by."

He continued: "But I'll tell you what, somebody's gotta do something about antifa and the left. This is not a right-wing problem. This is a left-wing problem."

Sharing a video of this exchange on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez wrote: "Donald Trump is a white supremacist."

Donald Trump is a white supremacist.

People have been warning about this for a long time.

They were ridiculed, called hyperbolic & radical - not bc they were wrong, but bc others couldn’t accept that our country elected a supremacist as President.

This is fascism at our door. https://t.co/sahloCJt25

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) September 30, 2020

She continued: "People have been warning about this for a long time. They were ridiculed, called hyperbolic & radical - not bc they were wrong, but bc others couldn't accept that our country elected a supremacist as President. This is fascism at our door."

Ocasio-Cortez was joined by several other Democrat lawmakers in condemning Trump's comments.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) suggested Trump was "enabling white supremacists" with his remarks.

He wrote on Twitter: "In Portland, we've seen firsthand how the so called 'proud boys' try to sow racism, hate, and violence. For Trump to ask them to 'stand by' tells us all we need to know about how dangerous he is. Enabling white supremacists puts Americans at risk and needs to stop now."

In Portland, we’ve seen firsthand how the so called "proud boys" try to sow racism, hate, and violence.

For Trump to ask them to "stand by" tells us all we need to know about how dangerous he is.

Enabling white supremacists puts Americans at risk and needs to stop now.

— Earl Blumenauer (@repblumenauer) September 30, 2020

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Trump "is a national disgrace."

He wrote on Twitter: "President Trump was asked to condemn white supremacy. He refused. He told white supremacists to 'stand back and stand by.' President Trump is a national disgrace, and Americans will not stand for it."

President Trump was asked to condemn white supremacy.

He refused.

He told white supremacists to “stand back and stand by.”

President Trump is a national disgrace, and Americans will not stand for it.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 30, 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) also suggested Trump "embraces white supremacy."

"Donald Trump fans the flames of racism, embraces white supremacy, and employs state violence against Americans exercising their rights. That's Donald Trump's America," she wrote on Twitter.

Donald Trump fans the flames of racism, embraces white supremacy, and employs state violence against Americans exercising their rights. That's Donald Trump's America.

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 30, 2020

Following Trump's comments, members of the Proud Boys reportedly celebrated his remarks online.

The group reportedly shared an image with the phrase "stand back and stand by" surrounding its logo on the messaging platform Telegram, The New York Times reported.

Newsweek has contacted the Trump campaign and the lawmakers mentioned for comment.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaking during a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee on August 24, 2020. She has criticized President Donald Trump over comments he made in regards to Proud Boys during the election debate. Tom Williams/Pool/Getty Images