South Florida Proud Boy Named in Roger Stone Case Has Ties to Turning Point USA - 2019-02-25
Last week, notorious right-wing provocateur and misinformation artist Roger Stone sat in a Washington, D.C. courtroom and stated that a team of Florida-based "volunteers" runs his social media accounts, handles his cell phone, and "revolves" in and out of his home. Stone listed three well-known people associated with the extremist group the Proud Boys: Tyler Ziolkowski, AKA Tyler Whyte, who founded the Florida chapter of the Proud Boys; Jacob Engels, an InfoWars contributor and online troll who claims to be a reporter "embedded with" the group; and Enrique Tarrio, the Miami-based Proud Boy who is the group's national chairman.
Stone also listed a fourth, lesser-known "volunteer," Rey Perez. Now New Times has learned Perez is also an avowed Proud Boy who has boasted online about managing social media accounts for Stone.
Perez is also involved with Nova Southeastern University's College Republicans. (He was listed as the organization's president in at least one NSU page online, though that page is no longer up-to-date and a different student now fills that role.) And he appears to have clear ties to Turning Point USA, the millennial-focused campus conservative group that has been accused of being a breeding ground for alt-right college students. TPUSA itself is not expressly racist; instead, the group mostly shares memes stating that "socialism sucks" and "big government sucks." But the group continues getting outed for its connections to the fringe right. Last year, the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of America's most prominent civil rights groups, said TPUSA has a "blooming romance with the alt-right."