(this post was pushed back in time by more important posts – it was actually written Dec 1, 2018)
Though most of us are completely perfect, there is a tiny handful of us who may or may not have made a mistake. With our founder as the spokesman, most of the blame is inevitably going to fall on him. Let’s stop bullshitting and admit we were wrong.
1- WE LET JL VAN DYKE REPRESENT THE GROUP
This was a temporary measure as many were claiming they now ran things including alt-right troll Augustus Invictus. Dyke is a hard-working lawyer and he created those by laws to prove we’re not a gang but we should have known his past statements would come to bite us in the ass.
To be honest, most of us didn’t know his name would be all over it. We thought he was just creating the paperwork. We tend to be blue collar in this group and don’t Internet well. We can’t even spell “bylaws.”
BTW isn’t it interesting that the commies all talk about “Workers Unite” and none of them have a job or could even hold a hammer properly? It’s not very “workers” to be really social media savvy. It’s bourgeois.
2- WE WEREN’T CLEAR ENOUGH ABOUT THE FOURTH DEGREE
This falls on the founder. When he first described it, he made it sound like you had to randomly hospitalize some innocent antifa dude to get your magic prize. He later clarified but the first version was still out there. For the record, it’s a consolation prize for guys who were attacked. It’s not meant to promote unjustified violence and should only be about legal self defense.
3- THREE (EX) MEMBERS WENT TO CHARLOTTESVILLE
This doesn’t count as Proud Boys going to Charlottesville because we all made it clear that going means your out. Three guys went just out of curiosity (they didn’t hold any torches or participate) but they should have realized how that would be blown up into “Proud Boys attending hate march.” It’s amazing how determined the media is to link us to an event we disavowed long in advance. They were booted for this grave error.
4- WE SHOULD HAVE KEPT OUR PILLOWS ON OCTOBER 12TH
It was painfully obvious the left was looking for bad optics the night of our founder’s speech at the Manhattan Republican Club. He spoke there before and nobody cared. A few days before the election, they needed something to throw off the #JobsNotMobs hashtag that was trending. They needed to prove the right could be just as unhinged as them. So, they sent their foot soldiers to poke and poke and poke. Proud Boys knew this and actually brought pillows to the talk. The plan was to bring them outside after the talk and if a fight started, Proud Boys would only use pillows. Then, win or lose, the optics would be Trump supporters mocking the violence. We left the pillows at the venue because the police made us wait for half an hour and dispersed everyone after the talk so we figured everyone had left. Pillows would have made that ambush a lot funnier and also would have kept the NYC9 out of prison.
5- WE DOXXED OURSELVES
When we first released the bylaws we didn’t cover the names of the Elders well enough. They were sussed out. You got us. We fucked up.
6- WE DIDN’T UPDATE THIS SITE VERY MUCH
One problem with the media VS. us is we’re not on our computers all the time. Only maybe 10% of us Internet regularly and many of us don’t even have social media. We’re too busy to know what’s happening to our reputation online but it seems like every time we take a peek, all hell’s broken loose. We’ll be updating this more often in the future.