Proud Boys describes itself as a “pro-Western fraternal organization.” The Southern Poverty Law Center says the Proud Boys and their leaders “regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists.”
McInnes, who co-founded Vice Media in 2008 and left the company in 2008, created the Proud Boys in 2016. The club’s Facebook event for the speech described him as the “rebel of the right” and “banned from Twitter — this Godfather of the Hipster Movement has taken on and exposed the Deep State Socialists and stood up for Western Values.”
In the wake of the melee,blamed Republicans and President Trump for the violence. In a call with reporters on Sunday, Cuomo said inviting McInnes to speak at the club was a “political tactic, because what they’re trying to do is fire up their base” ahead of the midterm elections, The Associated Press reported.
“Why would the Republican Party at their main club invite the Proud Boys?” Cuomo asked.
The Democratic governor said he had directed the state police to assist the NYPD in the probe. Elected officials were outraged over the online videos showing the violence, saying they showed Proud Boys members were involved and should face consequences.
Caroline Linton contributed to this report.