Alleged Proud Boys Leader Declares ‘Standby Order Has Been Rescinded’ While Some Trump Supporters Protest

Alleged Proud Boys Leader Declares ‘Standby Order Has Been Rescinded’ While Some Trump Supporters Protest


With many Trump supporters and the campaign denying that President Trump lost the election after it was called for Joe Biden on Saturday, protests have continued along with threats of violence by far-right militants, including the claimed head of the Proud Boys.

Proud Boys rally in Oregon

A Proud Boy supporter carries a paintball rifle as the Proud Boys, a right-wing pro-Trump group, … [+] gather with their allies in a rally called End Domestic Terrorism against Antifa in Portland, Oregon on Sept. 26, 2020. (Photo by John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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Key Facts

The purported leader of the violent Proud Boys group said Saturday that the group was “rolling out” and that the “standby order has been rescinded.”

Trump notably told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” when asked to denounce his violent supporters during the first presidential debate.

Other supporters on far-right websites suggested a violent response after Biden’s victory, parroting the president’s claims of widespread fraud, which he has provided no evidence to back up.

There has been no evidence to suggest that any of these online threats would materialize into anything.

Protests, including some with armed participants, continued near vote-counting centers in battleground states on Saturday, with new protests also being reported in places Trump won handily, like Arkansas and Louisiana.

When asked for comment, the FBI did not say if there were any specific threats it was investigating, saying in a statement that it only “responds to incidents only when an individual’s activity crosses the line from ideas and constitutionally protected activity to violence.”

Crucial Quote

“I don’t believe the bulls*** about what the press says. A bunch of fake ballots got dropped at 4 o’clock in the morning. Trump called it,” a protester in Philadelphia told The Guardian.

What To Watch For

The FBI has warned that white supremacists and domestic terrorists pose the biggest threat of “lethal violence” around the election.

Key Background

Major media outlets called the presidential race for Biden on Saturday, even though Trump claimed, without evidence, that he had actually won the election and had done so “BY A LOT!” He is refusing to concede, with his campaign announcing after the declaration of Biden’s victory that they intend to challenge the election results in court. Protesters were looking to organize a peaceful “Stop the Steal” campaign at all 50 state capitals on Saturday. A group called “Stop the Steal” appeared on Facebook after Election Day that quickly became one of the fastest-growing groups ever on the website. Facebook banned the group.

Further Reading

White Supremacists, Domestic Terrorists Pose Biggest Threat Of ‘Lethal Violence’ This Election, DHS Assessment Finds (Forbes)

Joe Biden Wins Presidency After Recapturing Rust Belt States (Forbes)

Trump: Election ‘Far From Over,’ Promising Legal Battle (Forbes)

Trump activists gather Saturday in state capitals to protest Biden victory (The Washington Post)

Facebook Banned ‘Stop The Steal’—Then Other Groups Popped Up In Its Place (Forbes)

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