Leader Of Proud Boys Is Florida State Director Of Latinos For Trump
The Daily Mail reports that Proud Boys national chairman Enrique Tarrio has close ties to the Republican Party and is currently the Florida state director of Latinos for Trump.
- The Proud Boys came under renewed scrutiny after President Trump told them during Tuesday’s presidential debate to “stand back and stand by” when he was asked to denounce white supremacy.
- Trump later said he was unfamiliar with the Proud Boys, but Tarrio has been photographed with Donald Trump Jr., Roger Stone, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and former Florida Gov. Rick Scott, among other prominent Republicans.
Tarrio was also caught on camera at the infamous 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, wearing body armor and a badge with the insignia of the 'Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights', a paramilitary wing of the Proud Boys.
- Tarrio, a Cuban-American who ran as a Republican to represent Florida's 27th Congressional District this year but pulled out before the primary, insists Proud Boys is not a white supremacist group.
- However, the Daily Mail noted that “the Unite the Right neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville was organized by Proud Boy second degree member Jason Kessler.”
- As for Trump’s debate night shout out, Tarrio said the president was not endorsing Proud Boys: “He didn't condemn us. He didn't promote us either. What 'stand by' means is stand by me.”
- Tarrio added: “The president was asked a very poignant question. He was asked about white supremacy and he was asked to disavow white supremacy. Biden cut him off and said our name.”