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Florida Democratic Rep. Bobby Dubose Responds To Trump's 'Stand Back' Statement

Election 2020 Debate
Olivier Douliery
Associated Press
President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland. (Olivier Douliery/Pool vi AP)

Correction: An earlier version of this story misquoted President Donald Trump. It has been corrected.

President Donald Trump failed to condemn white supremacist groups when directly asked during Tuesday’s debate. Instead, he referenced the far-right Proud Boys, telling them to quote: “stand back and stand by”. Rep. Bobby Dubose (D-Fort Lauderdale) says that’s unacceptable.

“His call to white supremacist group The Proud Boys to stand by, and telling his followers to go the polls and watch them is straight-up voter suppression," said Dubose.

The Proud Boys have been banned from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. But on the social media site Parler, the group’s chairman responded to Trump saying he is standing by.