Gavin McInnes, the right-wing nonconformist Canadian provocateur who co-founded the media empire in Montreal, resigned from Proud Boys, two days after it became known that the FBI clbadifies the fraternal organization as "an extremist group with links to white nationalism. "
"I am officially dissociating myself from the Proud Children in all capacities, forever. I resigned, "said McInnes in a video posted on YouTube." I was never the leader, only the founder. "
He said he did it reluctantly, since he sees the proud Boys as the best fraternal organization in the world, but "rumors and lies and terrible journalism have made their way to the judicial system."
This refers to the NYC Nine, a group of Proud Boys members who were arrested after a fight in Manhattan after a talk by McInnes. McInnes said that it has been said that his dissociation "could help ease his sentence."
I was reading a script.
He denied that the group, whose members wear distinctive Fred Perry t-shirts and design themselves as "Western chauvinists," have links to white nationalists. He also denied that Proud Boys is an extremist group, and characterized it as a group of men who like jokes and stupid games, like sticking to each other until they can name five breakfast cereals.
He also said that white nationalism and white supremacy is "nonsense" that people should not be talking about.
"Such people do not exist," he said.
Then he requested money for a legal defense fund.
According to reports, he and his wife and children were upset by the reaction of their neighbors when they moved to the expensive city of Larchmont, in the suburbs of New York. After the New York fight, samples of the yard began to rise in their neighborhood saying "Hate has no home here."
His dissociation of the Proud Boys also closely follows the decision of the Canadian e-commerce company Shopify to ban the group. That, in turn, followed similar decisions from Facebook and Instagram.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks the activity of hate groups, lists the boys proudly as a hate group.
But it was news of the designation of the FBI that was more damaging. That came up in an FBI warning to police in Washington state that the group is actively recruiting in the Pacific Northwest and its members have "contributed to the recent escalation of violence at political rallies on college campuses, and in cities such as Charlottesville. , Virginia, Portland. "Oregon and Seattle, Washington."
"The FBI clbadifies the Proud Boys as an extremist group with links to white nationalism," according to a report produced by the Clark County Sheriff's Office in Vancouver, Washington.