“These are new people to us,” said Heidi Beirich, the Intelligence Project director for the Southern Poverty Law Center to the New York Times.
Gavin McInness, a former Fox News personality, helped develop one of these groups, the Proud Boys, to support President Trump’s immigration policies and to fight political correctness.
“We brought roads and infrastructure to India and they are still using them as toilets. Our criminals built nice roads in Australia but aboriginals keep using them as a bed.”
The Proud Boys is a fraternal organization with initiation rituals. Potential members must reportedly engage in violent hazing if they wish to join. The group is reflexively anti-Islam and promotes itself as defenders of the White Race.
“The first ritual, as captured on video and explained by a member, was to “announce yourself as a white, proud Western chauvinist, make sure everyone knows it, and don’t be ashamed. In a second ritual, the recruits were punched repeatedly until they recited the names of five breakfast cereals.”
The Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights, the supposed paramilitary wing of the organization (they claim there is a distinction) are the shock troops of the movement. The group’s leader, Kyle Chapman, explained why, in his opinion, the group is necessary:
“There’s been a lot of organized violence on the part of the left against the right, so we have to organize. The purpose is to have a peaceful event. But if people are attacked, you have to be ready and willing to defend yourself and your right-wing brothers and sisters.”
Mr. Chapman goes by the nickname Based Stickman. The term “based” is slang for not caring what others think. Stickman refers to the weapon that he wielded against other protesters at his first violent rally.
Asked about Mr. Chapman, Mr. McInnes told the New York Times that “He’s a great guy.”