The South Carolina senator recently called Proud Boys a ‘racist organization,’ however, photo shows him smiling with a known leader of the white nationalist group. Just days after President Donald Trump appeared to support the white supremacist group, Proud Boys , during Tuesday night’s presidential debate — only to […]
Just days after President Donald Trump appeared to support the white supremacist group, Proud Boys, during Tuesday night’s presidential debate — only to later disavow them after mounting pressure — a photograph has recently surfaced showing Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with a member and organizer of the organization.
The photo, which has made its rounds on Twitter, shows Graham smiling for a photo-op with Joe Biggs, a known member and organizer of Proud Boys, which has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
In the photo, Graham and Biggs appear to be sitting in a restaurant, as there are waiters standing behind them. Biggs is a visible organizer and leader of Proud Boys based in Florida. He’s repeatedly been photographed front and center at demonstrations.
theGrio reached out to Sen. Graham’s press office about the photo, however, a request for comment on if or how Graham knows Biggs personally was not immediately responded to.
Proud Boys was founded in 2016 by VICE Media co-founder Gavin McInnes and self-describes as “western chauvinists” with “anti-political correctness” and “anti-white guilt” agenda. The group has also aligned itself with the alt-right movement and participated in the infamous and violent Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
President Trump made headlines this week after he told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” when pressed by moderator Chris Wallace to publicly condemn white supremacist groups. After calls for him to disavow or clarify his statement, which was interpreted as a dog whistle for the white nationalist organization.
Biggs praised Trump’s “stand by” comment, writing on social media, “Trump basically said to go f–k them up! this makes me so happy.”