After moderator Chris Wallace and Democratic nominee Joe Biden both asked the president if he would condemn white supremacist groups like the Proud Boys, Trump responded by telling the violent neo-fascist street gang to “stand back and stand by.”
“This is a reprehensible group,” Gidley said. “The president in the clip you just played, when asked by Chris Wallace if he would condemn the groups, he said sure. He said it many times just not last night.”
Merriam-Webster tweeted on Wednesday to clear up any confusion about what the president was really saying.
‘Stand back’: to take a few steps backwards
‘Stand by’: to be or to get ready to act #Debates2020
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) September 30, 2020
Some people appreciated the clarity.
But one man suggested a way Merriam-Webster could make its point more clearly.