The camp of the Joe Biden presidential campaign got a sound bite windfall after last night’s debates- and then promptly ended up in the sights of a high-powered lawyer for defamation related to a minor.
During the presidential debate on Tuesday, President Donald Trump appeared to stumble on a somewhat-loaded question proposed by moderator Chris Wallace
“Are you willing tonight to condemn white supremacists and militia groups?” Wallace asked.
“Sure,” Trump interjected.
“And to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland?” Wallace continued.
“Sure, I’m prepared to do that,” Trump replied.
After noting that he wanted peace but saw the majority of violence coming from left-wing anarchists and rioters, Trump was pressed to make a blanket denouncement against both white supremacists and militia groups.
“What do you want to call them?” he asked Wallace. “Give me a name.”
“White supremacists and right wing militias,” Wallace said, getting more specific.
“Proud Boys,” former Vice President Joe Biden blurted, unaware that the Proud Boys are neither a white supremacist organization nor a militia.
Trump, seemingly tripping on his own words, came out with a line that would haunt him.
“Proud Boys…stand back and stand by,” he said. “But, I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s gotta do something about antics and the Left because it’s not a right wing problem.”
Not long after, Biden claimed Antifa was only “an idea,” not a real organization.
“Antifa is an idea not an organization, not militia,” Biden said.
“When a bat hits you over the head,” Trump shot back, “That’s not an idea. Antifa is bad.”
However, it was the mere mention of “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” that won the internet on the 29th night of September, with major news agencies, activists and Twitter lighting up to use the seven words in standalone context.
This, of course, included the Biden campaign, who posted a video to Twitter denouncing the statement and white supremacists.
“There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night,” the Biden tweet read.
The video contained a photo of Kyle Rittenhouse, the American teenager who shot three militant rioters as they chased him through the streets of Kenosha in August, with one striking him with a skateboard and the other drawing a firearm.
Rittenhouse fatally shot two with an AR-15, wounding the third. The survivor later reportedly told his friend that he wished he had killed Rittenhouse instead of hesitating to shoot.
In response to the video, Rittenhouse’s attorneys, Marina Medvin, Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry mobilized to take on the Biden campaign for allegedly defaming and interfering with Rittenhouse’s right to a fair trial.
“Aside from the shameless defamation of a 17 year old boy (I guess he’s too old to just be sniffed) why is Biden deliberately interfering with Kyle’s right to a fair trial, with his right to due process of law?” Medvin wrote on Twitter. “How dare Biden try to poison a jury pool for personal political gain!”
“Formal demand for public retraction is being prepared for Biden/Harris Campaign on behalf of Kyle Rittenhouse,” Wood chipped in. “I also hereby demand that @JoeBiden immediately retract his false accusation that Kyle is a white supremacist & militia member responsible for violence in Kenosha.”
“On behalf of Kyle Rittenhouse, I shall sue @JoeBiden & Biden/Harris Campaign for libel,” he added.
Todd McMurty also noted he was going to be active as well.
“Presidential candidate, @JoeBiden, had defamed Kyle Rittenhouse by suggesting on this video that he is a White Supremacist,” McMurty wrote. “The #Left just will not stop. I am working on the retraction demand now for Mr. Biden and his campaign.”
In parting remarks, Lin Wood gave a cheeky response to the Biden team.
“Biden/Harris Campaign & @JoeBiden need to advise their donors that they are actually contributing to The Kyle Rittenhouse Scholarship Fund,” he wrote.
Rittenhouse remains in police custody.
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