Sunny Hostin interrogated new conservative host Alyssa Farah Griffin on The View recently after the topic of the hate group the Proud Boys comes up.
The group were discussed by the panel when Griffin, a former member of the Trump administration, claimed she didn’t know what Trump’s statement “stand back and stand by” meant.
The statement was a code to the Proud Boys and other hate groups to essentially be on call for the President's chaos,
But as she said, according to Decider, “Honestly, I had never even heard of the Proud boys. But I was like, ‘There’s something weird about it. And it was, very clearly in retrospect after Jan. 6, was meant to tell them, ‘You know, you are my guys. Stand by.'”
"Honestly, I had never even heard of the Proud boys. But I was like, 'There's something weird about it. And it was, very clearly in retrospect after Jan. 6, was meant to tell them, 'You know, you are my guys. Stand by.'"
Hostin told Griffin, “Did you not see that then? Because I think I remember seeing when you were his press secretary that you didn’t think he needed a clarification.” Griffin continued to say that she didn’t know what the phrase meant until the group started “organizing” and “violently protesting.”
"That's so odd to me," Hostin countered, "because I think if you hear someone telling a white supremacist group that is known for violence stand by," Griffin should have had a clue as to what Trump was talking about.
While Griffin claimed that she, like a lot of Americans, didn’t know who the group was, Hostin said, “Well, of course, I’m in the business. I think Black people need to know [the] enemies of people of color. When you have a supremacist and, quite frankly, not to push too much on you, it was your job to know about that as press secretary, but why would you not think that that’s crazy?”
Griffin said that she was given a lot of different briefings on extremist groups, but wasn't informed about the Proud Boys, saying that lack of information "exposes a gap in law enforcement." She also regretted not treating Trump's statement with seriousness because to her at the time, "it didn't mean anything to me."
Hostin ended her grilling of Griffin by intimating that exact attitude of ignorance is why education about extremists groups is integral to protecting democracy.
“That’s why educating this country is so important–educating this country about white supremacist organizations,” she said. “Because domestic terrorism is the biggest threat to our democracy.”