Anti-Lockdown Rallies Are Providing an Opening for the Proud Boys and Other Far-Right Extremists - 2020-04-27
The hate group appeared at a rally in Ohio on April 14. In the days that followed, their members attended demonstrations in Michigan, Colorado, Nevada and Florida. On April 20, in the midst of growing anti-Asian bigotry and conspiratorial accusations that the novel coronavirus was manufactured in a Chinese laboratory, members of the Vice City Proud Boys demonstrated outside of Miami City Hall with a banner that read "Fuck the Chinese Government."
For nearly four years, the Proud Boys have used Trump rallies and street marches – frequently punctuated by premeditated outbursts of violence – to draw attention to their brand of far-right "Western chauvinism." In the process, they have won the admiration of extremists and, in some cases, been embraced by more mainstream branches of the right wing.