Violent Mob Of Republican 'Proud Boys' Assault Protesters. Is That What 'Civility' Looks Like?
Over the last week or so, conservative politicians and pundits all over have been screaming their heads off about how the left is full of "violent mobs" and how people disturbing Ted Cruz's dinner are a "mob" and how the Democratic party is a "mob" and how women talking to politicians in elevators about having been sexually assaulted is a "mob." Oh, how they yelped when they legitimately thought that Eric Holder was saying it was OK to kick them, literally. Oh! The violence! How they hate the violence! How they cherish civility! "Can't we all just get along?" they cried!
These are the same people, mind you, who continually point out that they need guns so that they can violently overthrow the government if things do not go their way.
None of these things were mobs, and anyone who thinks Holder meant that literally is a moron.
Last night, Gavin McInnes, founder of the violent alt-right street gang the Proud Boys and all-around creep, was invited to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club of New York City. The topic? Otoya Yamaguchi, a Japanese teenager and member of an extremis right-wing group who assassinated Japan Socialist Party leader Inejiro Asanuma by stabbing him to death at a political rally. Yamaguchi is now something of a hero to neo-fascists and 4chan idiots, and McInnes called him "inspiring."
Prior to his speech, the news broke that someone had spray painted "anarchy symbols" on the doors of the Metropolitan Republican Club in protest of McInnes -- many on the Right scrambled to blame this on antifa, but NYC Antifa has denied that they had anything to do with it.
It seems fairly likely that they did not, in fact have anything to do with it, because they usually take credit for things they've done and because those are not even proper anarchy symbols. One would assume that people actually involved with antifa would know what a damned anarchy sign looks like.
There were, of course, people protesting the event, and it did get violent. Fox News reported this violence as "Antifa attacks again -- swords and vandalism at New York GOP office." Clearly, they were thrilled to be proven right about those terrible leftist mobs they've been warning their viewers about all week.
But -- shockingly enough, there was a problem with that report. The person holding the sword is actually Gavin McInnes. The people getting violent? Those were the Proud Boys. Not antifa.
The Proud Boys, in fact, chased down several people they believed were antifascists, and screaming "Are you brave now, faggot?" while viciously kicking them.
Here is one video of the incident taken by an onlooker (warning, these are extremely hard to watch):
And here is another that was reportedly taken initially by a Proud Boy and posted to their Facebook account.
And here they are, after the attack, bragging about kicking a "foreigner" in the head. This was also initially uploaded (and since deleted) by a Proud Boy who was clearly very proud of what they did.
What CIVILITY! Such a civil group of people, really. Such gems! Oh, and by the way -- three people were arrested last night, and none of them were "Proud Boys." They were all protesters. Because apparently the NYPD is totally fine with their actions.
Erick Erickson, known lover of civility, has yet to comment on the violent attack. He has been too busy dragging Helen Keller on Twitter.
We may not be hearing a whole lot about "civility" for a while.
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