Presidential Debate 2020: Who are 'Poor Boys'? Biden's Proud Boys gaffe sparks Bohemian Rhapsody jokes
In an embarrassing slip up, Biden called the Proud Boys Poor Boys while taking at a dig at Trump and the internet was in splits
The final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden sparked much chatter on Twitter, more so after the former Vice President mistakenly referred to the Proud Boys as the “Poor Boys”. In no time, the far-right group grabbed attention on social media for the second time after the debacle.
"He banned Muslims because they are Muslims.... He has made everything worse across the board. He said about the Poor Boys, the last time we were on stage here, he said 'I tell them to stand down and stand ready,'” Biden said at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday, October 22, 2020. "Come on. This guy is a dog whistle about as big as a foghorn." The 77-year-old made a reference to the controversy from the first debate when moderator Chris Wallace quizzed Trump: "Are you willing to condemn White supremacists and militia groups?” For a long time, he didn't straightaway answer the question.
He then uttered, “I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not the right-wing...” and added, “I'm willing to do anything. I want to see peace." When pressed further, Trump said, “What do you want to call them? Give me a name. Give me a name?” Finally, he said, “Proud Boys — Stand back, stand by, but I'll tell you what, somebody's got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right-wing problem... This is a left-wing problem.”
Now, Biden made a bigger gaffe and it soon went viral with many asking: “Who are the Poor Boys?” Poking fun at Biden’s mix-up with the lyrics of 'Bohemian Rhapsody', one tweet read, "They're just the Poor Boys, they need no sympathy." Another said, "I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me." One even went on to say, "Biden just accidentally called the white supremacist group 'proud boys' the 'poor boys' and I’ve never been so happy about a verbal typo."
Travis Tritt tweeted, "Who are the 'Poor Boys' that Biden was referring to in tonight’s debate? I’ve never heard of them. What do they stand for?" Many called for the rebranding with the new name. "I am absolutely 100% calling them the Poor Boys from now on." Another said, "They’re called the Poor Boys now, no going back everyone."
They're just the Poor Boys, they need no sympathy— John Hendrickson (@JohnGHendy) October 23, 2020
i’m just a poor boys, nobody loves me— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) October 23, 2020
Biden just accidentally called the white supremacist group “proud boys” the “poor boys” and I’ve never been so happy about a verbal typo— Crystal Leigh🤍 (@crystalleigh) October 23, 2020
Who are the “Poor Boys” that Biden was referring to in tonight’s debate? I’ve never heard of them. What do they stand for?— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) October 23, 2020
I am absolutely 100% calling them the Poor Boys from now on.— Addisu Voted Early (@ASDem) October 23, 2020
They’re called the Poor Boys now, no going back everyone.— Craig Silverman (@CraigSilverman) October 23, 2020
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