Photo: Alexander Reid Ross (middle) is an antifa reporter who writes for mainstream publications. This has become quite common and often, when you’re reading about us, you are reading alt-left propaganda.
Here’s top 20 myths about the Proud Boys all journalists need to see.
MYTH #1- Proud Boys are alt-right.
TRUTH: That word means racist and anti-Semitic. We are a multi-racial club with a Proud Boys Israel chapter. We are not white nationalists. We aren’t fascist or “neo-fascist” or “soft fascist” or Nazis or any of those crazy terms, either.
MYTH #2- Proud Boys are a hate group.
TRUTH: This is an allegation not a fact and it’s made by a discredited source, the SPLC. If writers insist on putting it in, it behooves them to include the part where we vehemently deny it.
MYTH #3- Proud Boys attacked protestors on October 12th.
MYTH #4- Proud Boys yelled “foreigner” during the attack.
TRUTH: Why would anyone yell “foreigner” at a white antifa kid? The quote he said was, “there was FOUR of them!” because that’s how many attacked him.
MYTH #5- The FBI called them “an extremist group with ties to white nationalism.”
TRUTH: Bad source. This rumor comes from a small town cop who was trying to cover his ass. The FBI has made no such declaration. If you’re a reporter, ask the FBI.
MYTH #6- Augustus Invictus was temporarily their leader.
TRUTH: We have no leader. Augustus was trolling. He is alt-right and could never be a member which is why he was trolling. The alt-right hates us, by the way.
MYTH #7- Proud Boys’ founder turned them all in after the Oct 12th fight.
TRUTH: He made it clear to the group that IF there is a warrant out on an individual, that person needs to go in WITH A LAWYER. That’s a fact. He also helped ensure we all had lawyers.
MYTH #8- Proud Boys’ founder quit because of the FBI classification.
TRUTH: As was made clear in the video, lawyers involved in the case and law enforcement informed McInnes that the case had become politicized and standing down would help prove to jurors they were not dealing with a gang and there is no leader. He was told this would “alleviate sentencing” and he did it reluctantly.
There is a media trick used here where they say he did it “the day after the FBI classification” and it generates guilt by association. The decision had been in the works for weeks.
MYTH #9- The Proud Boys promote political violence.
TRUTH: This one made it to Wiki. We have never gone to an antifa event or meeting or book reading. We respect their right to free speech. The only “political violence” we promote is fighting back when after being attacked. That’s what we did on October 12th and it was perfectly legal.
MYTH #10- Proud Boys’ founder brandished a sword at the October 12th talk.
TRUTH: He brandished a broken plastic sword from a toy store and he was teasing a mob of “protestors” who were screaming for his head and throwing objects at him including a bottle of urine. Also, the left keeps trying to make this talk into some kind of sinister murder ritual. It was a hilarious troll that was very clearly satirical.
MYTH #11- Proud Boys marched in Charlottesville.
TRUTH: Against club rules, three Proud Boys went to see it out of curiosity. They did not participate but they were still summarily booted from the group. Proud Boys were furious about this.
MYTH #12- Charlottesville organizer Jason Kessler was a Proud Boy.
TRUTH: Kessler lied to two separate chapters and claimed he was not alt-right (he was called out for this on “The Gavin McInnes Show” and hung up). In both instances, he was sussed out and booted. He was not a “member” he was an unsuccessful infiltrator.
MYTH #13- Proud Boys disavowed the alt-right after Charlottesville
TRUTH: They disavowed the alt-right when the alt-right went from “alternative right” to “racist and anti-Semitic.” This was about a year BEFORE Charlottesville. We also disavowed Charlottesville months before it happened as we could tell they were lying and it wasn’t going to be “just about statues” as Kessler kept insisting.
There is another media trick where they say Proud Boys and McInnes were kicked off social media “in advance of [the second] Charlottesville.” The implication is it was to prevent us using social media to organize the event. Proud Boys had absolutely nothing to do with the event so this is patently false. We believe we were kicked off social media for the same reasons Laura Loomer, Milo, Owen Benjamin, Alex Jones, Roger Stone, Julian Assange, Tommy Robinson, and Chuck Johnson were kicked off. Big tech is in bed with the DNC and they are silencing conservative (read: non-liberal) voices.
MYTH #14- Proud Boys have an ultraviolent chapter called “The Fraternal Order of Alt Knights.”
TRUTH: This was a short-lived club started by “Based Stickman” Kyle Chapman that didn’t really go anywhere.
MYTH #15- Proud Boys are “ultranationalist.”
TRUTH: What the hell is an “ultranationalist”? This was taken from Otoya Yamaguchi’s Wiki page (which we’re now on) and repeated by lazy journalists who don’t even know what it means.
MYTH #16- Proud Boys are “far right.”
TRUTH: How is it “far right” to want to end the drug war and stop mass incarceration? Proud Boys are a pro-Trump men’s club who tend to be socially liberal (there are plenty of gay members) and fiscally conservative. We tend to be libertarians except for the open borders part. Basically, our politics are the same as your dad’s.
MYTH #17- Proud Boys had a Nazi rally in Philly after the synagogue shooting.
TRUTH: This is officially the most insane one yet. We still can’t believe it. Some boomer patriots had a pro-constitution rally at Independence Hall called “We The People.” It had nothing to do with Nazis or Jews. It was supposed to be about unity and getting back to the constitution but it ended up being mobs of antifa attacking old people. The victims of all this hysteria were almost exclusively non-white and the people attacking them were basically all white.
MYTH #18- Proud Boys old lawyer was kicked out of school for having hate literature.
TRUTH: Huh? Who gets kicked out of school for having books? Yes he did have hate literature. They were required reading for a class in banned books. He was not kicked out for having those books. Oh, and he was recently exonerated on the phony gun charges they saddled him with. The man has had an insane couple of years as we explained here.
MYTH #19- Their founder repeatedly uses racial slurs.
TRUTH: Gavin McInnes is a raunchy comedian who has NEVER used a racial slur in a negative way. They are always jokes and used in a comedic nature that is ALWAYS lampooning racism. However, mentally ill stalkers such as Vic Berger spend hundreds of hours taking words out of context to make the opposite point. He does this to many conservatives including Jack Posobiec and Mike Cernovich (he even edited in audio of a child being beaten to make it look like Cernovich was beating his daughter – a lie he is now facing criminal charges for). Here is a montage of quotes IN context.
MYTH #20- Their founder made an anti-Semitic video called “10 Things I Hate About the Jews.”
TRUTH: He made this in Israel while working for his Jewish boss Ezra Levant who thought it was hilarious. It was not anti-Semitic. The video was highly satirical and the title is a misdirect like his “Heroin is cool” video or his “Divorce your wife” essay. The video was not anti-Semitic but a loving homage to Israel. Does anyone honestly believe Levant would allow an anti-Semitic video on his network? Nobody offended by this video appears to have actually seen it.
The Proud Boys now have a legal trademark and an LLC with detailed bylaws. If someone is a racist, anti-Semitic, alt-right etc., they are violating the bylaws. If they commit an illegal act, they are violating the bylaws. If a chapter forms that is alt-right, we will legally enforce the trademark. We’ve noticed that reporters seem disappointed when we mention this to them because it ruins their spin. As Jordan Peterson would say, “Ha! Gotcha!”
Now you know the top 20 myths about the Proud Boys.