Gavin McInnes, a far right extremist, made a violent declaration in a disturbing video in which he promotes his group, the “Proud Boys.”
“We will kill you,” he said in a segment of his video. “That’s the Proud Boys in a nutshell.”
“We will kill you. We look nice. We seem soft. We have ‘boys’ in our name. But like Bill the Butcher and the Bowery Boys, we will assassinate you.”
Please share this video. People need to understand how dangerous Gavin McInnes and his gang the Proud Boys are.
— Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) October 17, 2018
The Southern Poverty Law Center has officially designated the Proud Boys gang as a hate group, and the unapologetic founder casually makes threats throughout the clip that was posted by Vic Berger IV.
@FBI should investigate.. I still have hopes they can’t do this forever
— Hokura♒️ (@hokurakensei) October 17, 2018
McInnes encouraged his boys donning MAGA hats to choke anyone with a “slight punk demeanor” if they criticized their headgear.
“If you’re wearing a MAGA hat and some guy with a slightly punk demeanor says, ‘Hey, are you … pro-Trump?’ choke him. Trust your instincts.”
“Don’t listen to what he has to say, choke him.”
He is CRAZY !!!!! Needs to be arrested.
— Lisa Ren (@zoey122013) October 17, 2018
This thread on Gavin McInnes and right wing militia groups is very important and relevant, please share. https://t.co/2VboiUQTSK
— DavKat (@DavKat43) October 18, 2018
— Kelly Eaton-Garcia (@KellciaDesigns) October 17, 2018
McInnes also encouraged Donald Trump supporters to act out violently.
“Fighting solves everything. We need more violence from the Trump people.”
“Trump supporters: Choke a motherfucker. Choke a bitch. Choke a tranny. Get your fingers around the windpipe.”
“Get a fucking gun.”
“Get ready to blow someone’s fucking head off.”
“Get in trouble. Get arrested. Get fired. They can’t kill us all.”
This is Trumps America. He supports it, does not discourage it, and welcomes them into his camp.
— Jerry Harper (@Jwayne9025) October 17, 2018
He needs to go the way of Alex Jones and be banned from all socially responsible platforms!
— Bryan W. Hamilton (@BryanWHamilton) October 18, 2018
In not so elegant terms, McInnes was described as someone who is:
— Deion Julio (@DeionJulio) October 17, 2018
Raw Story did note that it’s difficult to determine which phrases were uttered by the fascist group leader due to the frantic editing of the clip.
McInnes is also the co-founder of the North American digital media and broadcasting company, Vice Media.
The Proud Boys were recently involved in a violent altercation on October 15, 2018, when they were confronted by antifascist protestors on Park Avenue in New York City.
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) October 15, 2018
The two groups beating and kicking each other was caught on video, but existing footage does not reveal what sparked the physical altercation.
According to the Gothamist, one of the videos shows the Proud Boys kicking a protestor to the ground and shouting homophobic slurs.
NYC’s Public Advocate, Letitia James, issued a statement commenting on the aftermath of the altercation.
Here is my statement following the violent attacks perpetrated by the “Proud Boys" white nationalist group in NYC last night: pic.twitter.com/wCFlgLt5Rt
— NYC Public Advocate (@NYCPA) October 13, 2018
Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters via phone calls on Monday that the Metropolitan Republican Club was responsible for the violent brawl after inviting the Proud Boys and its founder Gavin McInnes to their clubhouse.
“If you invite the Ku Klux Klan because the Republican party wants to demonstrate free speech, and the Klan marches down 5th Avenue, well don’t be surprised if there is violence,” Cuomo said.
“What did you think was going to happen when you marched the Klan up 5th Avenue?”
This guy is absolutely insane, I feel so bad for him, imagine living with all that anger all the time? Like most trump supporters we should first pity them, and if they start a fight fight back with everything you have. Oh right they fight in groups, pussies.
— LexLuxon (@LuxonLex) October 17, 2018
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said the Strategic Response Officers didn’t make any arrests that night and claimed it wasn’t their responsibility. “We should not be scapegoating our cops who responded to a very chaotic scene,” he said.
Police are seeking to charge nine Proud Boys and three of the protestors from Friday as investigation into the incident continues.
According to the New Civil Rights Movement, the video in which McInnes called for violence has gone viral with over 185,000 views on Twitter in just 15 hours.