COLUMBUS: While President Trump was hospitalized at Walter Reed Hospital for COVID-19, Trump supporters in Columbus Ohio paraded around Interstate 270 on Saturday morning on October 3rd with American and Trump 2020 flags in tow.
While many people claimed it was a peaceful gathering, several posts were going up on social media claiming to have witnessed car accidents, racially charged signs and symbols, racial slurs being exchanged, and even gunfire from Trump supporters.
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In one video posted to Facebook, a Trump supporter in an SUV can be seen towing what appears to be a replica of prison with black figures caged inside. (Fast forward to the four-minute mark in the video)
Sometime in the 10am hour, calls were made reporting a shooting on I-270 near Sawmill. Witnesses claim a black pick-up truck donning an American Flag and a Trump flag driven by a white male with a white female passenger shot at another vehicle on the highway. According to WBNS authorities were looking for the suspect but he turned himself in hours after the incident.
Police say 58-year-old Todd Crawford from Homer, Ohio fired a single shot from a 45 caliber pistol into a semi-truck on the highway following an altercation. Crawford was charged with discharge of a firearm near or on-premises, the charge is a third-degree felony, and is being held at the Franklin County Corrections Center.
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President Trump Weaponized White Extremist Group Proud Boys At Presidential Debate
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"Proud Boys, stand back and stand by": It bears repeating -- there has been no presidential debate moment more disqualifying than this pic.twitter.com/n7hRT7P2g0— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 30, 2020
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"stand back and stand by."— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 30, 2020
trump's failure to condemn White Supremacists like the Proud Boys isn't a bug -- it's a feature.
It was the continuation of his hateful Charlottesville message of support.
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Sen. Tim Scott on Trump telling the Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by" at last night's debate: "I think he misspoke. I think he should correct it. If he doesn't correct it, I guess he didn't misspeak."— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) September 30, 2020
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Retweet to expose how Trump encourages violence regularly with groups like the proud boys. pic.twitter.com/uAeRql7qwT— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) September 30, 2020
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Just asked GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy about Trump refusing to condemn white supremacists and telling Proud Boys to stand by and stand back. He deflected onto an attack on Biden and antifa, claimed Trump did condemn last night and wouldn’t answer about Trump’s comment on Proud Boys— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 30, 2020
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A vote for @JoeBiden is a vote for a man who will take down the Proud Boys. Pass it on.— Chip Franklin🏛InsideTheBeltway.com (@chipfranklin) September 30, 2020
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I still can’t get over the fact that Trump was told to condemn violent white supremacists, and all he could eek out was to tell the Proud Boys to “stand by”— effectively a call to arms.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) September 30, 2020
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Portland has seen the chaos and violence that the Proud Boys bring with them. They appreciate that Trump is in their corner and cheering them on. That’s all you need to know about the president’s commitment to “law and order.”— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) September 30, 2020
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Don’t get caught up arguing about whether the Proud Boys are racist. If you support policies that disproportionately harm Black people & other ppl of color, you support racism.— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) September 30, 2020
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Let people know that the guy on the left is Proud Boy Ben Bergquam (who blocked me) and fellow racist and good friend, Congressman @DevinNunes. Ben's twitter handle is (@)BBergquam. Happy Wednesday! pic.twitter.com/CMdoTd9JYr— Toby Morton (@tobymorton) September 30, 2020
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And note that he also reiterated, as his namesake son said in a rather hysterical video, the Trumps are calling on thousands of their followers to go to the polls and “watch Democrats vote.” So it will be the Proud Boys, then? https://t.co/TyMJpXtLDR— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) September 30, 2020
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The Michigan branch of the Proud Boys posted this meme featuring the president’s words to their Telegram account last night. The image is from from their Aug. 15 visit to Kalamazoo that turned violent. pic.twitter.com/HaWs015wFI— Samuel J. Robinson (@samueljrob) September 30, 2020
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“Stand By!”— Chip Franklin🏛InsideTheBeltway.com (@chipfranklin) September 30, 2020
Trump tells Proud Boys to be ready.
And who backs that?
Do you believe #BLM now?
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No one wants to look at it dead-on, because it's so ugly, but Trump telling the Proud Boys to "stand by" was one of the darkest moments in American history. He's not even being subtle about raising an army of fascist goons to intimidate voters and take revenge if he loses. pic.twitter.com/NWeTsNTsm8— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) September 30, 2020