The neo-fascist proud boys organized a "free speech" rally in DC. It flopped. - 2019-07-06
Gavin McInnes, founder of the neo-fascist group the Proud Boys, was struggling to break apart toy handcuffs he had brought onstage. He planned to use them as a metaphor for breaking the chains of what he considers to be the rampant stifling of free speech. "Okay, these are a lot stretchier than I thought they would be," he confessed to the audience at Saturday's Washington, DC, rally organized by the Proud Boys and the alt-right. He kept spreading the elastic handcuffs, but they wouldn't break.
McInnes's botched metaphor took place during a free-speech rally that neo-fascists and members of the alt-right had gathered for at Freedom Plaza, just blocks away from the White House. But maybe his failed handcuff display did turn out to be a metaphor, albeit an unintentional one, for the rest of the generally lackluster event. Organizers had talked a big game before the rally, but it all lost momentum even before the official events began. Big names in the far-right internet community including Pizzagaters Jack Posobiec, Mike Cernovich, and the failed grifter and energetic troll Jacob Wohl, were all scheduled to speak but dropped out. The Proud Boys were also dealing with their own reported internal turmoil in the days before the event.
The speakers who did end up on stage were a collection of less renowned characters, such as YouTuber Joey Salads, whose accomplishments include wearing a Swastika armband to a Trump rally as a part of a "social experiment" and faking another video meant to make Trump opponents look bad, and YouTube "CopperCab," of Gingers Do Have Souls viral fame, who screamed obscenities at the crowd and shoved the event's MC and Gavin McInnes as he entered and left the stage.