A mob of pro-Trump right-wing extremists seems to have beaten a small group of demonstrators in the streets of Manhattan on Friday night after Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes appeared at the Metropolitan Republican Club.
Several disturbing videos taken on-site seem to show dozens of proud boys swarming two people on the floor screaming, "You're dead, bastard" and "fagot" when they take turns attacking. According to the police, three people were arrested after the incident, even though a lawyer told the Legal Aid Society She confirmed that the arrests were by anti-racist demonstrators. A NYPD spokesman told Gothamist that they have "no reference to proud boys" in any police reports. [Warning: Graphic footage below]
Here is the video of the Proud Boy mob attack from tonight up close pic.twitter.com/frW09dcDHn
– Adam (@leftkist) October 13, 2018
A longer video by Proud Boys member Christopher Wright (posted directly in the tweet above) was removed from Facebook this morning. It showed that members of the group repeatedly shouted "I LIKE BEER" as they proceeded after the attack. (This sentence refers to the recent Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who has repeatedly stated his preference for beer during a Senate hearing over his alleged attempt to rape Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in high school.)
At 4:30 am from Wright's video, a Proud Boy was shouting, "I had one of their heads and I just hit it on the sidewalk! I tore off that motherfucker's mask and kicked him in the head! Son of a bitch, he's a damned foreigner! "
A high five is exchanged.
After the attack, members of the Proud Boys posed for a group photo, according to photographer Shay Horse, who was at the scene. "I have not seen such a fierce fight in a long time," he said twittered, "The proud boys were totally ready and willing to be violent tonight, they did not even wear masks."
The Proud Boys even waited to take a group photo after the fighting. They were then fucked to hell. Flashing her white power hand icon before marching towards the inner city train. pic.twitter.com/JP6jiM8Yud
– Shay Horse (@HuntedHorse) October 13, 2018
I see at least one Charlottesville attendee on this photo https://t.co/cbW2X8Xxju
– Brendan O & # 39; Connor (@_grendan) October 13, 2018
The self-identified "West Chauvinists" had come to the Upper East Side in front of the Metropolitan Club during an anti-McInnes protest. Earlier in the day, vandals painted anarchic symbols on the doors of the clubhouse, shattering two windows and leaving a note condemning the conservative group for "inviting a hipster fascist clown to dance for them". While McInnes spoke at the event on Friday night, a crowd of at least 50 protesters gathered Sing "Kill more Nazis".
The proud boys
The guy with the sword? This is Gavin McInnes, founder of right-wing gang Proud Boys. The vandalism? No evidence that it is "Antifa". The violence? Last night's videos show about 20 Proud Boys hitting 3 people while on the ground.
This is so annoying https://t.co/AaIM5gpmqL
– Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) October 13, 2018
This week, McInnes promised to play the "inspirational moment" of a Japanese socialist while performing at the Metropolitan Club. He was Escorted into the clubhouse by the police on Friday, apparently wearing a Samurai sword.
Asked before the event whether the Metropolitan Club had any concerns about providing a platform for someone like McInnes, CEO Ian Reilly Gothamist said, "It's part of the law, we're promoting people and ideas of all kinds from the right." We're open to different views. We would never invite anyone to incite violence. "
GOP chairman Ed Cox, meanwhile described the vandalism of the previous day as "a level of violence that we have not seen before."
Neither Reilly nor Cox responded to Gothamist's request for comment on Saturday.
We will update as more information becomes available.