Rudy Giuliani Is Fundraising After The Proud Boys Attack By Blaming The 'Violent Left' - 2018-10-22
The screed echoes local GOP leadership in blaming the left for spray-paint vandalism at the Metropolitan Republican Club on Oct. 12. Andrea Catsimatidis, who heads the Manhattan Republican Party, said on Twitter that she was "appalled" by the "violent acts of vandalism."
What none of them saw fit to mention was that it was GOP members of that very club — with which Giuliani has deep connections — who invited Gavin McInnes, the leader of the Proud Boys, a violent neo-fascist gang, to speak on the night after the vandalism occurred. Immediately after the event, Proud Boys marched down the street and pummeled counterprotesters while they were on the ground. The NYPD has arrested two Proud Boys in connection to the melee and told HuffPost that it's looking to charge seven more with assault.
GOP leaders like Catsimatidis have, for the most part, ignored any mention of the Proud Boys and have instead focused on terms like "antifa" to assign blame for the assaults. The Proud Boys gang, meanwhile, ran amok in New York and Portland, Oregon, that weekend.