Republicans host founder of violent, far-right street brawler group - 2018-10-12
After being mocked at the White House Correspondents' dinner in April, for instance, conservative activist Matt Schlapp and his wife Mercedes walked out. The National Review compared those who protested Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a "mob", while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Hillary Clinton of "unhinged tactics" after she said that "you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for."
So, naturally, it would make sense for the civility-loving Metropolitan Republican Club of New York City to invite Gavin McInnes, who founded a far-right group which regularly engages in street brawls and violence, to join them at a lecture Friday evening, where he'll "discuss historical context and offer perspective on the environment that surrounded Otoya Yamaguchi in 1960's Japan."
McInnes, who was also one of the co-founders of VICE, founded the Proud Boys in 2016, a group which bills itself as a "pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the Western world." McInnes has repeatedly insisted the group is not far-right or racist, describing the group in the wake of last year's Unite the Right rally as "a men's club that meets about once a month to drink beer" — despite the fact that Jason Kessler, a initiated Proud Boy, was the main organizer for the event.