I am posting this because the original was a bit hard to get off Way Back Machine. It is important because it is a link between President Trump and the Proud Boys movement. It also casts serious doubts on President Trump professing to not know much about the Proud Boys.
This is the original YouTube URL but the video was taken down so I found it on the Wayback Machine. It shows Roger Stone professing that he is a “Western Chauvinist” in what Wikipedia describes as a low level initiation to the Proud Boys. Unfortunately Wikipedia doesn’t have anything to back this up (the initiation part) but you can see the connection between what he says and the Proud Boys with a Duck Duck Go search or just by looking at the meaning in Proud Boy Magazine. According to that,
It’s a fairly new term, coined by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, and it has created a new connotation to the word “chauvinist.”Proud Boy Magazine
The reason it is important at the moment is that in the first American Presidential Debate of 2020 President Trump didn’t call out white supremacy groups in America and when asked to condemn the group Proud Boys he instead told them to,
“Stand back and stand by”President Donald Trump: White supremacist group Proud Boys should ‘stand back and stand by’
This was incorporated into their logo within hours and the group celebrated the Presidents words calling it an endorsement of their tactics and saying that they were already seeing a spike in new recruits.
Then, two days later on Fox News, the president said,
“Let me be clear again: I condemn the KKK. I condemn all white supremacists. I condemn the Proud Boys. I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that.”Trump: Let me be clear, I condemn the KKK, white supremacists and the Proud Boys
Which is a little strange as he commuted the sentence of his long-time friend Roger Stone on 10/07/2020.
It is also a little strange as he defended the Proud Boys after the riot at the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville saying there were good people on both sides and that the left wing protesters had started it. The rally included,
…members of the far-right and included self-identified members of the alt-right,neo-Confederates,neo-fascists,white nationalists, neo-Nazis,Klansmen, and various right-wing militias.Wikipedia
And was partly organised by a person identifying as a Proud Boy.
Jason Kessler, a white supremacist who identified as a Proud Boy, helped organize the August 2017 “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which attracted neo-Nazi groups and Klansmen, and resulted in the death of Heather Heyer and injury of 19 others when a self-identified white supremacist deliberately drove into a group of counter-protesters.Forbes
These are the people that President Trump called good people. Quite hard to do that without knowing who they are, especially if your long time friend Roger Stone is a member and a white supremacist.
It looks like a vote for the Right in this election really will be a vote for the Right with Trump endorsing white supremacy groups, commuting the sentences of their members and almost the entire GOP backing him up on it.