The Post-Election Proud Boys Meltdown Is Here, and It's Ugly - 2020-11-11
The one-time leader of the Proud Boys' most paramilitary arm is now trying to rebrand the far-right streetfighting group as a more explicitly racist entity. It's the latest headache for an organization currently in denial about President Donald Trump's re-election loss.
Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman was once the leader of the Fraternal Order of the Alt-Knights, essentially the frontline shock troops of the group known for taking part in brawls across the country. The Proud Boys' founder even said in 2017 that he considered naming Chapman president of the entire organization.
But that was while Trump was ascendant. Now, with the ultranationalist group scrambling in the wake of Trump's loss, Chapman is threatening a putsch to make the Proud Boys even more explicitly hateful, accusing the group's current leadership of being too soft.