Members of the Proud Boys are rejoicing after President Donald Trump gave the far-right organization a shout-out and marching orders during Tuesday night\u0026#039;s nationally televised debate, heightening fears that the president is deliberately rallying extremist groups and stirring up white supremacist violence as part of his frantic effort to remain in power.The Daily Beast reported Wednesday morning that one Proud Boys leader readily interpreted Trump\u0026#039;s comments as instructions to commit violence against the president\u0026#039;s political opponents. \u0022Trump basically said to go fuck them up!\u0022 wrote Joey Biggs after the president told the Proud Boys, a group that openly embraces violence, to \u0022stand back and stand by.\u0022\u0022Trump\u0026#039;s open appeals to white supremacists and his dangerous rhetoric show that this president will do or say anything in his increasingly desperate bid to hold onto power.\u0022 —Bend the Arc: Jewish Action\u0022This makes me so happy,\u0022 Biggs added, a celebratory reaction that was echoed by members of the extremist organization on the social media and messaging apps they commonly use, such as Telegram and Parler. One Proud Boys member claimed Trump\u0026#039;s comments prompted a surge in \u0022new recruits.\u0022Refusing to condemn white supremacists when given an opportunity to do so by debate moderator Chris Wallace, the president said, \u0022I\u0026#039;ll tell you what, somebody\u0026#039;s got to do something about antifa and the left.\u0022Shortly following Trump\u0026#039;s comments, which were widely condemned by civil rights organizations, one of the Proud Boys\u0026#039; social media accounts incorporated the president\u0026#039;s words into a graphic with the far-right group\u0026#039;s logo:the Proud Boys just made Trump\u0026#039;s encouraging words for them -- uttered during a national televised debate -- into a graphic with their logo pic.twitter.com/Y5M6CkN2AH— Taylor Hatmaker (@tayhatmaker) September 30, 2020Progressive advocacy group Bend the Arc: Jewish Action said in a statement late Tuesday that Trump\u0026#039;s remarks were the \u0022words of a scared wannabe fascist , not a president—and Jewish Americans see right through him.\u0022\u0022Trump has repeatedly made it clear that he considers violent white supremacists to be a valued part of his base, even after people are murdered,\u0022 the group added. \u0022He doesn\u0026#039;t just enable white supremacy; it\u0026#039;s his platform. Trump\u0026#039;s open appeals to white supremacists and his dangerous rhetoric show that this president will do or say anything in his increasingly desperate bid to hold onto power.\u0022Pointing to another telling graphic that circulated among Proud Boys accounts on Twitter, youth-led Jewish advocacy group IfNotNow warned that \u0022Trump is inciting violence from the debate stage.\u0022Trump is inciting violence from the debate stage tonight. https://t.co/5dkWCBhojx— IfNotNow (@IfNotNowOrg) September 30, 2020\u0022During a time when Black people nationwide are exercising their rights to protest police violence and contending with rising levels of racial violence, President Donald Trump used his debate platform to embolden white supremacists by refusing to disavow their activity and by issuing a directive to Proud Boys to \u0026#039;stand by,\u0026#039;\u0022 Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers\u0026#039; Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement.\u0022Even the FBI has identified white supremacy as one of the greatest domestic threats that we face today,\u0022 added Clarke. \u0022The president\u0026#039;s silence and acquiescence present a clear and present danger to Black people, who are most frequently targeted by incidents of hate.\u0022As Ali Breland of Mother Jones wrote late Tuesday, \u0022Trump\u0026#039;s decision to not clearly condemn white supremacy and the Proud Boys in particular could have dangerous consequences.\u0022Breland continued:Proud Boys have already exhibited a pattern of violence by routinely assaulting protesters they see as not on their side, often without any physical provocation...Adjacent extremist groups could also take Trump\u0026#039;s refusal to disavow white supremacists as a tacit endorsement. The investigative news site Bellingcat\u0026nbsp;recently reported on a leaked trove of chat messages shared by right-wing activists in Oregon. It includes a message from a user named Paige discussing when would be an appropriate time to use violence: \u0022I\u0026#039;m waiting for the presidential go to start open firing.\u0022Democratic lawmakers joined civil rights groups in condemning Trump\u0026#039;s remarks and warning they could spark a wave of racist violence ahead of the November election.\u0022Donald Trump fans the flames of racism, embraces white supremacy, and employs state violence against Americans exercising their rights,\u0022 Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) tweeted late Tuesday. \u0022That\u0026#039;s Donald Trump\u0026#039;s America.\u0022Rep. Rashia Tlaib (D-Mich.) said the president\u0026#039;s nod to the Proud Boys \u0022again shows he is dangerous.\u0022This article has been updated with comment from the Lawyers\u0026#039; Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.