December 6, 2018
Credit where credit is due. Gavin is the only dapper-looking American/Civic/MAGA nationalist out there. The man can wear a suit and a slick haircut, I’ll give him that.
Shame about that dildo thing. Really kinda ruined his brand forever, that.
And he for sure sucks at running a right-wing death squad.
Weeks after reports of right-wing group Proud Boys being slapped with the ‘extremist’ label hit the headlines, an FBI chief in Oregon says there’s been a misunderstanding.
In a wide-ranging interview with local media, Special Agent Renn Cannon has revealed that, contrary to multiple reports, the FBI did not place the ‘extremist’ tag on the self-described ‘Western chauvinist’ group. He explained that there had been an apparent misunderstanding between Clark County police and the FBI, which “do not intend and did not intend” to brand Proud Boys like that.
Cannon said that the FBI indeed briefed local police on the threat from white supremacists, Proud Boys, anarchists and militia groups. Speaking of Proud Boys in particular, Cannon said the agents “characterize the potential threat from individuals within that group,” rather than assess it as a whole.
The Clark County officials might have gotten the wrong impression since the FBI agents made a reference to the Southern Poverty Law Center website, which describes the Proud Boys as an “extremist” and “hate” group known for “anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric.”
“We do not intend and did not intend to designate the group as extremist,’’ Cannon stressed, adding that he “can see were Clark County representatives came to that conclusion.”
So they’re backing down from their earlier statements…
The confusion stemmed from an internal memo from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office dated August 10 on an investigation into the former Clark County female deputy who was found in violation of the sheriff office’s policy after her links to Proud Boys’ women’s wing, Proud Boys’ Girls, were exposed.
The memo cites the FBI as categorizing the group “an extremist group with ties to white nationalism.”
Although the memo was compiled in summer it was not until mid-November when the news of the FBI’s designating the group “extremist” hit the media headlines. The document was released by transparency group Property of The People on November 19 and soon grabbed national attention.
While the FBI took weeks to disavow the supposed designation, the founder and de-facto leader of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes, quit the group just days after the report.
Lol. Gavin ran for the hills at the first sign of trouble. I wonder if he will come back and act like nothing happened. Wouldn’t put it past him, tbh.
Hey guys, I’m back lol
Although this does appear to be the FBI engaging in pilpul to try and downplay an act that the public found offensively aggressive, so if I were Gavin, I would probably assume the first assumption was correct and act with extreme caution.
Regardless of whether the FBI thinks the Proud Boys are extremists or not, they basically killed the Proud Boys. As a result of this “misunderstanding,” everyone involved with the group ran for the hills.
And no one is going to want to join in the future when the pitch is, “we may or may not be in the FBI’s crosshairs, we’re not sure, there’s some confusion surrounding the memo. The FBI had weeks to clarify the situation, but didn’t, so frankly, we know that they don’t like us and there may be legal problems in the future.”
I don’t think Proud Boys can come back from this.
The rank and file saw that the leader was willing to cut and run when the going got tough and the bad PR that followed killed the brand.
On a more general level, there will undoubtedly be one or two more iterations of based civic nationalist men’s groups before this is all said and done, but even with the… clarification issued by the police, the arrests of Proud Boys for defending themselves against Antifa was the death nail for right-wing street brawling squads.
It’s possible that when the 2020 campaign gets going, MAGA rallies will need protection from Antifa terrorists and brown people trying to attack people outside and inside the actual rally.
This is how the first wave of right-wing death squads came about in 2015/2016.
By that time, hopefully, the FBI problem will be solved – otherwise, it will probably end the exact same way for overly enthusiastic Trump supporters and American patriots.