Being racist is one of the many things on the long list of reasons why Donald Trump is a bad president and a worse person, and the 2020 presidential debate only proved it even further.
When asked to condemn white supremacists, Trump said, "Proud Boys – stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what. I’ll tell you what. Somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a rightwing problem."
Not only did this effectively underline "racist" on the aforementioned list, but it also gave power to the Proud Boys.
Remember, Antifa isn't an organization and the fact that he doesn't want people who are anti-fascist in America speaks volumes about the kind of power he wants. How anyone who learned about dictators can still vote for him, I don't know.
In contrast to Antifa, the Proud Boys actually are an organization. Founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, it's basically a group of racists, akin to a street gang, according to Shannon E Reid and Matthew Valasik with the Guardian. According to BBC, they've been banned from Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
Two days later, Trump denounced white supremacy and the Proud Boys, but the damage had already been done. The organization took his words and ran with them, getting bolder than ever.
But once again, Trump's own words are being used against him. The LGBT community, at the will of George Takei, has completely overrun the #ProudBoys on Twitter. Originally a hashtag that white supremacists used, it quickly became flooded with photos and videos of LGBT people kissing and hugging their significant others.
This is similar to the fate of the #AllLivesMatter and #WhiteLivesMatter, where fans of Korean pop group BTS overwhelmed them with photos and videos of the band.
In both cases, it was proven that Trump's biggest enemies are those with technology: those who know how to use it to find true, real research and science, and those who know how to use the internet and get things seen by millions of others.
Even the Canadian Armed Forces have gotten in on the fun. In an effort to do what every other country loves most (piss off Trump), they tweeted a photo of two men kissing with #ProudBoys. The Twitter thread goes on to denounce homophobia, saying, "If you wear our uniform, know what it means. If you’re thinking about wearing our uniform, know what it means. Love is love. Know what we mean?" This was followed by the Canadian flag emoji and the LGBT pride flag emoji.
The Royal Canadian Navy retweeted it, adding, "Our #ProudBoys Love is Love" followed by the red heart emoji, the Canadian flag emoji and the LGBT pride flag emoji.
Thousands of people joined in on the fun, including Noah Reed, a content creator from New York. In an interview with the Washington Post, Reed said, "Aside from voting, I think a lot of us are trying to do anything we can to really make a difference or, not necessarily silence, but push back the neo-Nazis and the far-right groups that are spreading hatred."
Reed also brought up the #BlackoutTuesday, an online campaign that didn't go as well as intended. In support of the Black Lives Matter movement, people were posting black squares to their social media. While it did go viral across multiple platforms, all it really succeeded in doing was drowning out the voices of those involved in the movement, making it exceptionally hard to find those resources that were previously so abundant.
“With this one, the worst that can be done from it is that group can be drowned out, so I feel like that’s a win,” Reed said to the Washington Post.