They’re not going anywhere.
Last night may have been the first time Trump addressed the Proud Boys directly, telling the white nationalist group during the debate to “Stand back and stand by.”
Several hundred protesters attended the “ReOpen Colorado” rally at the Colorado Capitol Sunday. They demanded an end to the state’s shelter-in-place and non-essential business closure public health orders. Most people waved signs on the lawn outside the west steps, while others circled the block in their cars, honking horns in support.
Even before the president took the stage, the noise level inside Colorado Springs’ Broadmoor Arena was deafening. When he finally emerged, clapping slowly as he walked out from behind the blue stage draping, the roar was deafening.
The Proud Boys, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SLPC), continued its string of appearances at Republican events in Colorado today by joining thousands of Trump backers at a rally in Colorado Springs.
Approximately two hundred people rallied at the state Capitol Saturday against Colorado’s new “red flag” law, which allows guns to be taken from people deemed a threat to themselves or others.
White supremacist and other hate groups are on the rise in Colorado. A investigation by 9News’ Jeremy Jojola documents the recent increase of hate-related incidents in the state. It included an interview with a local member of the Proud Boys, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, largely due to its anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiments.
Organizers of a Sept 15 rally at the Colorado Capitol have objected to the Colorado Times Recorder’s characterization of the event as a hate group rally.
Since declaring his candidacy for the Colorado statehouse in December of 2016, Westminster Republican Grady Nouis has promoted and participated in several far-right rallies organized by hate and extremist groups. Furthermore, he’s documented his participation in numerous videos, including one where he shouts the n-word during an argument with African-American couple in Denver’s Civic Center Park.
Dozens of far-right conservatives and hate group members held a rally on the west steps of the Capitol Saturday afternoon to protest what they perceive to be censorship by Facebook. One Colorado Republican state rep helped produce the event and Walker Stapleton’s Super PAC was there to recruit staff.