Enrique Tarrio is the leader of the Right-Wing extremist group, Proud Boys also described as White Supremacists.
The recent Presidential debate in September 2020 was described as the worst debate in history by some, during one point in the debate, President Trump was asked to condemn White supremacists, he told the Proud Boys to “Stand Down and Stand By”.
Tarrio has also tweeted in response to the debate telling his supporters that Trump did not directly endorse his group but he was excited to see them mentioned at a debate stage.
|Business owner; Proud Boys Chairman
|$100,000 to $1 million
Although I am excited about our mention on the debate stage…
I am not taking this as a direct endorsement from the President. He did an excellent job and was asked a VERY pointed question. The question was in reference to WHITE SUPREMACY…which we are not.
— Enrique Tarrio (@enrique_tarrio) September 30, 2020
10 Facts About Enrique Tarrio
- Enrique Tarrio was born to Cuban-American parents in Miami, Florida, USA, and has been an activist since the mid-2005s.
- He works as the owner of several businesses in the security and surveillance industry. He is best known as the chairman of Proud Boys.
- The group is a right-wing militia who passionately support Tump and is described by some media groups as domestic terrorists. There has been evidence of violence by the group against minorities.
- Tarrio also ran for the representative position from Florida’s 27th Congressional District but withdrew.
- As for the debate, President Donald Trump’s statement in the debate telling the militia to “stand down and stand by” was a call for the group to respond.
- Enrique Tarrio as the chairman responded by saying Trump did not endorse them but they always stand down and by.
- Tarrio describes himself as a Republican and has repeatedly shown people his focus on giving people the right to bear arms.
- His organization is described by media as a group that incites political violence based on their far-right, misogynistic, and fascist beliefs.
- They have been involved in a number of violent interactions all over the USA.
- Tarrio on the other hand calls the group a representative of ‘American culture’ and a bid to protect ‘real Americans’.