Extremist threats, far-right groups gain attention after Trump remarks

After the president’s remarks in the debate, Facebook reported an uptick in content related to the Proud Boys and the FBI has over 1,000 domestic terrorism investigations.
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The proud boys and other white power groups after president trump's refusal to repudiate them. The FBI has more than a thousand domestic terrorism investigations under way. The largest number involving white supremacists. Reporter: Less than 24 hours after president trump's comments of stand gown and stand by seemingly directed to the proud boys and allegedly they added hundreds of new members. Growing concern over bright supremacy. Who would you like me to condemn. The proud boys? Reporter: Failing to denounce white supremacists in front of 73 million viewers but instead telling them to stand by. That moment certainly caught the attention of the proud boys' founder podcasting it live. Did he say proud boys? Now they're under the microscope. Reporter: The proud boys who describe themselves as a western chauvinist group some staging counter demonstrations. The group has appeared alongside other groups at gatherings like the deadly 2017 unite the right rally in charlottesville. Their leaders say they are not white supremacists but according to the southern poverty law center they are known for misogynistic and anti-muslim rhetoric and have made allies of white supremacists and attract openly racist people. The proud boys see themselves as acting on behalf of trump. Reporter: The southern poverty law center said in 2019 they counted 44 different proud boys chapters across the country and kicked off Facebook in late 2018 because of their history of violence. Frank mink, a former white supremacist says the kind of recognition proud boys got from the president only emboldens them. Reporter: With the election approaching there are fears that the proud boys and other far right groups will mobilize. We have already seen them signal they plan to monitor the polls or to be active on election day, you know, trump has long talked about law and order, the need for law and order and increasingly groups like the proud boys and militias are seeing it as their duty to go out and impose it. Reporter: Elizabeth Newman, former dhs secretary in charge of counterterrorism who resigned in April said the president's words are creating conditions for domestic extremism to flourish. For 3 1/2 years you had people inside the government begging the white house to take this issue up and they were silent so I've come to the conclusion it's because he didn't want to do anything about white nationalism because he used those folks as his supporters. Reporter: Violent hate crimes have increased since president trump took office starting in 2016. They've actually steady grown after year after year, in 2018 the FBI said they investigated more than 4500 hate crimes, George. They put up new warnings every month. The proud boys have something of a makeshift uniform now being pulled from shelf. They wear these Fred Perry polo, black polo shirts with a yellow or goldist piping to them but Fred Perry has pulled them saying they have absolutely no affiliation or association with this organization, George. Thanks very much. Her report is part of "Turning point" examining the racial reckoning across the nation, you can see them every night on "Nightline" and Lynn so's documentary "Homegrown hate: The war among us." Overnight the CD extending its no sail order which was set

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