Last Year, Proud Boys Founder Asked Neighbors To Take Down Anti-Hate Signs

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Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes felt that his neighbor's anti-hate signs unfairly targeted him and his group.

The founder of Proud Boys, a far-right group that describes itself as a "Western chauvinist" organization, reportedly sent a letter to his neighbors last year asking them to remove anti-hate yard signs that he claimed targeted him and his group.

  • The Hill reported that Gavin McInnes wrote to neighbors in December 2019: “I am writing on behalf of my family to ask you to reconsider whether the message of your lawn sign moves our world and our village in the direction of love at all, or whether it sends a very different message instead.”
  • The news outlet said McInness described himself as “a pro-gay, pro-Israel, virulently anti-racist libertarian,” while the Proud Boys describes itself as "a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists."
  • The Daily Beast, which obtained a copy of McInnes’ letter, said he wrote, “You may have heard that I am the leader of a hate group called the Proud Boys,” adding that “Everything about that rumor is false.”
  • While McInnes did apparently step down as the group’s leader in November 2019, The Daily Beast reported about his letter’s assertion:

Of course, that’s not true: in October, at a Manhattan GOP club, he gave a speech celebrating the murder of a left-wing politician. After the event, McInnes’s Proud Boy followers attacked left-wing protesters, a clash that resulted in criminal charges against several Proud Boys and several anti-fascists.

After the New York attack, one of McInnes’s neighbors in the wealthy suburb of Larchmont proposed that residents buy “Hate Has No Home Here” signs as a quiet rebuke to McInnes and the Proud Boys. The signs, which feature the message in several languages, soon started appearing in Larchmont.

  • Despite McInnes' insistence that there is nothing “hateful, racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic or intolerant” in “any of my expressions of my worldview," his rhetoric has in fact included much that is hateful, The Daily Beast noted.

He has ranted about Jews, saying that he was “becoming anti-Semitic” after a trip to Israel. He has called trans people “gender n**gers,” and once wrote that women want to be "downright abused.”

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