Proud Boys Leader and Roger Stone Fanboy Is Running for Congress - 2019-11-04
Local Florida news outlets reported over the weekend that Tarrio — who has zero political experience — has filed election paperwork for the Sunshine State's 27th Congressional District, in a bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Donna Shalala in the purple district next November.
His credentials are, shall we say, unusual. The Proud Boys, who describe themselves as "Western chauvinists," are considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center on account of their Islamophobia, white nationalism, and misogyny. Tarrio, 35, was named chairman of "Proud Boys International" in November of last year, taking over from the organization's founder, Gavin McInnes. McInnes' resignation came after nine of his members were arrested for violently brawling with protesters in New York City, following his speaking appearance at the Metropolitan Republican Club. The violence was caught on camera, and showed Proud Boys hurling racist and homophobic slurs at passersby, as well as repeatedly kicking protesters. The arrestees' sentences ranged from community service to four years in prison. Tarrio insisted that the Proud Boys were acting "in self-defense."