The chaotic first presidential debate between Democratic candidate Joe Biden and President Donald Trump was filled with memorable—if cringeworthy—moments.
But people were alarmed when Trump wouldn't outrightly condemn white supremacy, even when specifically asked by moderator Chris Wallace.
Biden urged Trump to condemn the Proud Boys—a self-described "Western chauvinist" militia known for crashing social justice protests with the intent of inciting violence.
Trump urged the Proud Boys to "Stand back and stand by."
Given the Proud Boys' propensity toward violence against protesters, Americans across the country saw Trump instructing them to "stand by" for action against protesters and dissenters. Multiple members of the Proud Boys got this same message.
In case anyone wasn't clear on what Trump appeared to be instructing, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defined the terms in a tacit rebuke of Trump's assertion.
People highlighted the dictionary's definitions.
They were quick to troll Trump as well.
Trump has since claimed he didn't know who the Proud Boys were, despite appearing to during the debate. He claims that his calls to "stand by" were intended to mean "stand by the wayside" for law enforcement to do its job.
The next debate is scheduled for October 15.