Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes Declares That He Has A ‘Lot Of Support In The NYPD’

The leader of the so-called "Western chauvinist" group justified this past weekend's violence while saying how much he appreciates the cops' support.

This past weekend, members of the far-right hate group Proud Boys gang stomped counter-protesters following a New York City speech at the Metropolitan Republican Club by Proud Boys leader and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes. While police are now investigating the violence and have released photos of three men involved, the NYPD seemingly didn’t intervene when members of the group were violently beating down individual protesters.

McInnes, meanwhile, wants us all to know how appreciative he is of the police.

During a Sunday broadcast of his CRTV podcast Get Off My Lawn, McInnes justified the violence by his Proud Boys by stating that left-wing protesters threw down the gauntlet with vandalism and anti-racist literature.

“When there is a notice on the door that says, ‘We are not civil, this is only the beginning,’ that’s called a call to arms,” he said. “So you’ve set the atmosphere now. So you can’t complain about violence after that, you know?”

After making a comparison about merely showing up in KKK garb and advertising ahead of time that the KKK is coming to town, McInnes stated that when you “set up this climate of fear, you have people that are going to be aggressive.”

Remarking on his appearance at the club, which was advertised as McInnes reenacting the assassination of a Japanese socialist, he praised the police and noted how he has a great relationship with the NYPD.

“So I get there and there’s a mob of screaming lunatics and the cops have been there all day,” McInnes declared. “Tons of cops, I have a lot of support in the NYPD and I very much appreciate that, the boys in blue.”

Listen to the clip below, via Media Matters.

[Image via CRTV]

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Justin Baragona is the founder and publisher of Contemptor. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.
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