Leader Of Proud Boys "Hate Group" Is Also Leader Of Latinos For Trump
Leader of Proud Boys and Latinos For Trump is Cuban-American Enrique Tarrio
When asked to condemn white supremacy on the debate stage, Trump instead told the Proud Boys, a classified "hate group," to "stand by."
It turns out their leader is also a state director of Latinos For Trump.
Although Biden's exasperated "Will you shut up man" was hailed as the debate's most iconic moment, spawning memes and even merch, it was Trump's "stand by" that really set Twitter and Proud Boys social networks on fire.
Within minutes of the president's remark, the Proud Boys had updated their website and logo with the president's words "stand back and stand by." "Trump basically said to go fuck them up! this makes me so happy," a prominent Proud Boys organizer posted in a forum, echoing the sentiments of many, including presumably, their national chairman, 36-year-old Cuban-American Enrique Tarrio.
The orgnanizer's enthusiasm for violence reflects the group's reputation as "straddling the line between militia and white-supremacist fight club."
The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies the Proud Boys as something much more sinister: a hate group, with affiliations to "known extremists."
According to the SPLC, "Proud Boys have appeared alongside other hate groups at extremist gatherings like the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. Indeed, former Proud Boys member Jason Kessler helped to organize the event, which brought together Klansmen, antisemites, Southern racists, and militias."
Tarrio was photographed at the infamous rally wearing body armor and a badge with the insignia of the 'Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights', a paramilitary branch of the Proud Boys.
In a post debate interview with Sean Hannity on Fox, Trump walked back his somewhat less-than-tacit espousal of the group, claiming ignorance. "I condemn white supremacy. I condemn the Proud Boys. I don't know much about the Proud Boys, but I condemn that."
According to a Trump campaign spokesperson, Tarrio is not affiliated with the Trump campaign, the Trump family, or the official Latinos For Trump Coalition.
However, Tarrio has been photographed with the president's son Don Jr., in addition to other high profile Republicans including Trump's confidant and Proud Boys member Roger Stone, as well as Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz actually co-sponsored a Senate resolution based on a petition written by Tarrio to designate Antifa a "domestic terrorist organization."
Tarrio pictured with Don Jr.
Tarrio pictured with Senator Ted Cruz
Antifa, which is an abbreviation of anti-fascist, has had zero deaths associated with their demonstrations in the last 25 years. Right wing extremists, on the other hand, have killed 329 people since 1994.
Although the Proud Boys publicly deny that their movement is rooted in white supremacy, according to the SLPC, "rank-and-file Proud Boys and leaders regularly spout white nationalist memes." The Anti-Defamation League has labeled the Proud Boys ideology as "misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic, and anti-immigration."
This ideology was clearly shaped by the group's founder, Canadian writer Gavin McInnes.
"The next time someone bitches about colonization, the correct response is your welcome," writes McInnes in “10 Things I Like About White Guys," which was published in the far-right publication Taki’s Magazine in 2017.
In his talk show, "Get Off My Lawn," McInnes regularly disparages people of color and women, saying that Muslims are "stupid" as a result of "inbreeding," as well as that "blacks" are not able to "handle" elite colleges and that rape is likely not as traumatizing to immigrant women as to white women.
McInnes "stepped down" (his own quotation marks) after his lawyers advised him that doing so would help a cadre of his Proud Boys avoid harsh sentencing. The nine Proud Boys in question had been caught on video beating a protestor after a stunt in which McInnes himself participated in the reenactment of a politically-motivated assassination.
His successor, Enrique Tarrio, is just one of many Latino Proud Boys, most of whom, like him, are Miami-based and of Cuban descent.
Guess you don't have to be white to be a white supremacist.