The Proud Boys, which the Southern Poverty Law Center lists as a hate group, held a meeting at the New York Metropolitan Republican Club. Founder of the group, Gavin McInnes. was giving a speech there. It did not go well.
McInnes acknowledges he is a white supremacist, having said in the past:
I love being white and I think it's something to be very proud of. I don't want our culture diluted. We need to close the borders now and let everyone assimilate to a Western, white, English-speaking way of life.
He has also said this about Muslims:
[Muslims] have a problem with inbreeding. They tend to marry their first cousins… and that is a major problem [in the U.S.] because when you have mentally damaged inbreds – which not all Muslims are, but a disproportionate number are – and you have a hate book called the Koran… you end up with a perfect recipe for mass murder.
Violence broke out after the meeting was over, and members of the alt-right group were caught on video attacking individuals who may have been part of the resisting Antifa group. The attackers could be heard shouting "Do you feel brave now, faggot?" while chasing down and beating people.
Fox news took the opportunity to claim the racists were being victimized:
Antifa attacks again — swords and vandalism at New York GOP office @FoxNewsNight https://t.co/N4Q5MWKuK0— Fox News (@Fox News)1539401700.0
Footage coming from people who were there shows a very different story. One Twitter user, Shay Horse, sent out a series of messages as he followed the events.
“Kill more nazis!” Outside the metropolitan republican club now with a pretty big anti-fascist mobilization. https://t.co/21XhGaFc0g— Shay Horse (@Shay Horse)1539388039.0
Gavin’s event is wrapping up now, the NYPD is keeping a big gap between protesters and attendees leaving the event. https://t.co/4NY4F01bbD— Shay Horse (@Shay Horse)1539389735.0
So followed the proud boys as they left the event. About 1-2 blocks away a 30 (proud boys) V 3 (randoms) fight brok… https://t.co/Suj6v1BO05— Shay Horse (@Shay Horse)1539393620.0
I haven’t seen a fight that violent in a long time. The proud boys were totally ready and willing to be violent ton… https://t.co/TbkO2rqAKV— Shay Horse (@Shay Horse)1539393666.0
This is one of those nights where things seem even more fucked up when editing/reviewing my photos. It wasn’t until… https://t.co/pXGgSwaDff— Shay Horse (@Shay Horse)1539403676.0
Sharing this because a lot of people seem confused by the non-white white supremacists. It’s a weird world but hope… https://t.co/kW4fxAVUZS— Shay Horse (@Shay Horse)1539408465.0
The city of New York would like help bringing the attackers to justice.
We want your help about violent incidents that happened last night on the Upper East Side. If you have info or vide… https://t.co/u8JxiRKJLg— NYPD NEWS (@NYPD NEWS)1539475025.0
The NYPD is fully investigating last night’s attack involving the Proud Boys. If you know anything, the NYPD wants… https://t.co/OAgb6zsOWV— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@Mayor Bill de Blasio)1539473936.0
I'm disturbed and disgusted by last night's attacks involving the so-called "Proud Boys." Hate has no place in New… https://t.co/VbkgNrU3WG— NY AG Underwood (@NY AG Underwood)1539466282.0
The following video is violent and may upset some people.
People wanted to help Fox News with their false headline and story.
Here @FoxNews @shane_bauer fixed your #disinformation for you. #ProudBoys https://t.co/AIrI0q04qD https://t.co/8Cat0s4O8z— MetalRabbit13 (@MetalRabbit13)1539541242.0
Tonight in NYC the #ProudBoys called people they considered to be “antifa” faggots as they beat them up. Gavin McIn… https://t.co/5pzPbvRh4J— Andrew Kimmel (@Andrew Kimmel)1539415376.0
@FoxNews @foxnewsnight The guy with the sword is an alt-right leader, the people kicking and punching others on the… https://t.co/6XXeiNNq5d— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse)1539440057.0
The guy with the sword founded Proud Boys, the neo-Nazi group, and was guest of honor at the GOP office in question… https://t.co/MA9cwpP6K9— Brian Beutler (@Brian Beutler)1539445696.0
#BREAKING: @NYCAntifa shows that one of the #ProudBoys that attended the #Republican event in #NewYork supporting G… https://t.co/64SHaYPvln— It's Going Down (@It's Going Down)1539562969.0
Let's hope the facts come out and the right people are prosecuted.