Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes wants his neighbors to know that he is no longer associated with the far-right group he started and would never utter a racist, homophobic or otherwise intolerant word — and he would like if they would kindly not discriminate against him.
McInnes sent his neighbors a letter in December asking them to remove “Hate Has No Home Here” signs from their lawns, claiming he shares that sentiment and believes the signs are targeting him and his family.
According to The Daily Beast, McInnes billed himself as “a pro-gay, pro-Israel, virulently anti-racist libertarian” in the letter and told his neighbors they would find nothing “hateful, racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic or intolerant” in “any of my expressions of my worldview.”
“You may have heard that I am the leader of a hate group called the Proud Boys,” McInnes wrote in a Dec. 28 letter to his neighbors obtained by The Daily Beast. “Everything about that rumor is false.”
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.
Viewing the signs as a personal attack on his family, McInnes decided to ask for them to be removed:
“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,” McInnes wrote in the letter, which was also obtained by HuffPost.
“Hate certainly has no place here, and like you I am committed to keeping it that way!”
But McInnes’ commitment to a hate-free atmosphere is questionable at best: he has made many hateful comments in his day.
McInnes has a history of making hateful or extreme statements. 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.”
Despite his conciliatory tone in the letter, though, McInnes isn’t always so polite about his neighbors and their signs. He devoted an hour-long podcast on Friday to the signs, with a decidedly less neighborly tone.
“If you have that sign on your lawn, you’re a fucking retard,” McInnes said.