Cuomo blames Trump for ‘fanning the flames of racism’ after violent clash involving right-wing ‘Proud Boys'

Cuomo blames Trump for ‘fanning the flames of racism’ after violent clash involving right-wing ‘Proud Boys'

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Sunday called on the FBI to investigate violent clashes connected to the right-wing group the “Proud Boys.”

In a statement, Cuomo blamed President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE for the “hatred and violence” that he tied to the altercations.

"The bottom line is that I hold the President responsible for demonizing differences, fanning the flames of racism and division and creating a fire of hatred and violence," Cuomo said.

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"These vile acts of racism, division and discrimination are repugnant to American values, and have no place in our state,” he added.

Three men were arrested on assault and robbery charges on Friday after a speech by “Proud Boys” founder Gavin McInnes.

The New York Police Department is investigating.

Cuomo also directed the state police hate crimes unit to share information and resources with the NYPD and FBI.