The Proud Boys

The Proud Boys are a nationalistic, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, misogynistic, fascist hate group founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes.  McInnes is a Canadian radio and podcast host previously for RebelMedia and also co-founded Vice Media in 1994 but left the company in 2008 due to "creative differences".  McInnes describes the Proud Boys as a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world, or as he calls the group, Western Chauvinists.  On 22 November 2018, two days after the FBI categorized the Proud Boys as "an extremist group with ties to white nationalism," Proud Boy leader Gavin McInnes posted a video on YouTube (below) stating "As of today... I am officially disassociating myself from the Proud Boys."  A leadership tussle ensued between Augustus Invictus and Jason Van Dyke of who would actually lead the group.  The headline speaker at the Unite the Right rally…

The Proud Boys is a group formed c. 2016.
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