HOW THE PROUD BOYS BECAME ROGER STONE’S PERSONAL ARMY
Stone and Proud Boy Enrique Tarrio
By now, most everyone has learned of Roger Stone’s indictment on seven counts, including one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements, and one count of witness tampering. As a result, Trump and those in his administration have been distancing themselves from Stone, so "Proud Boys" leader Enrique Tarrio and his followers have stepped in to fill the gap.
Briefly, the far Right group known as Proud Boys, is classified by the FBI as an extremist group that has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They are a far right group that was originally founded by Gavin McGuinness during the Trump campaign. They are self described “western chauvanists” who regularly spout white nationalist rhetoric that includes anti-Muslim, misogynistic , racist themes. They show up regularly alongside other hate groups as they did in Charlottesville.
Now that Stone is in the hot seat from the Mueller Probe, this group of Proud Boys is acting as a type of guard for Roger Stone while they promote InfoWars. they consider Stone to be one of their group, though Stone has denied it; however he has often used the Proud Boys as a security force.
From some vantage points, It really does look like the GOP is adopting the Proud Boys. The following is from the Daily Beast.
Stone’s Day in Court: Proud Boys, Russian Flags, Trump Rat
When Roger Stone waived his Nixonian salute on the steps of a federal courthouse in Florida last week following his arrest on the orders of Robert Mueller, he was joined by some unusual supporters: the Proud Boys.
On Tuesday, Stone was arraigned in a Washington, D.C. courthouse on charges he lied about dealings with WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign in 2016. Stone has spent the past two years as the most outlandish character in the Trump-Russia saga, with his colorful quotes and flamboyant wardrobe. At the same time, he’s grown tighter with the violent ultra-nationalist group, hiring them as security and participating in the group’s videos—even repeating its slogan.
With Trumpworld distancing itself from Stone, it was up to Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio to defend him.
“This whole investigation started with the Russia collusion thing. These charges today are just obstruction, nothing to do with that… I believe nothing’s gonna come of it. I believe some of it is manufactured,” Tarrio told The Daily Beast in Florida on Friday.
On Tuesday morning in D.C., handful of Proud Boys gathered outside, holding signs “Roger Stone did nothing wrong” and promoting InfoWars. The Proud Boys got in arguments with Stone hecklers and were separated by police.
The Proud Boys are a neo-fascist group that glorifies violence against opponents, particularly on the left. Designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group and its members have been involved in a series of bloody brawls across the country over the past three years, leading to the recent departure of founder Gavin McInnes.
Taking McInnes' place is Tarrio, who is especially close to Stone. They appeared together on Friday outside of court. On Sunday, Tarrio was photographed entering Stone’s house. Last month, Stone filmed a video with Tarrio where he told the group to “keep the faith"
The dirty trickster started his initiation last year. Now the ‘Western chauvinist’ group has his back against Mueller and the media.
Proud Boys count Stone as one of their own. The group posted a video last February showing Stone completing what has been described by the group as a low-level initiation. “Hi, I’m Roger Stone. I’m a Western chauvinist. I refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.”
Stone denied being a Proud Boy in a text message to The Daily Beast: “For the record I am not a member. If fact I would never belong to an organization that would have someone like me as a member (Groucho Marx).”
When asked whether the Proud Boys mischaracterized his “1st degree” initiation in the video, Stone accused this reporter of being a member of the Communist Party and did not return further questions.”
Indeed, Stone has repeatedly used the Proud Boys as a security force, sometimes with other Republicans’ blessing. The organizer of a GOP conference in Oregon last March defended Stone’s decision to bring the hate group, telling Willamette Week that Stone “was worried about getting killed… He gets death threats constantly.”
Now the Proud Boys are helping Stone.At Stone’s press conference outside a Fort Lauderdale courthouse on Friday, Tarrio was one of two Proud Boys to arrive in “Roger Stone Did Nothing Wrong” shirts. The back of the shirt advertises the link to a website where Stone’s supporters can donate to his legal defense fund.
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