A Member Of The Far-Right Proud Boys Menaced A Twitter User On His Doorstep - 2018-05-25

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F364.png A Member Of The Far-Right Proud Boys Menaced A Twitter User On His Doorstep May 25, 2018, Andy Campbell, Huffington Post

Perhaps it's inevitable that designated hate groups and internet comedians would go to battle ― but nobody expects a Twitter confrontation to happen on their front doorstep. The Proud Boys is a misogynistic far-right group with members who flirt with and often fully embrace white nationalism. Vic Berger is a comedy video editor who works for Super Deluxe. He has published a few videos outing Gavin McInnes, founder of the Proud Boys and co-founder of Vice Media, as a racist oaf. Then someone showed up outside his door. The new thing in right-wing goonery, apparently, is house calls. As Berger tells it, the encounter was brought on by several of his videos of McInnes, one of which is embedded below. In it, McInnes throws up a Nazi salute, says "nigger" over and over and plays with his butt:

The Proud Boys, labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, apparently took offense to the tweeted videos. Days after Berger posted the one above, the self-described "Western chauvinists" went nuclear. On May 9, a tipster sent Berger an internal document from within the Proud Boys' network, which called on all members to find Berger's personal information and threaten him. "Let's get the social media profiles, phone numbers and addresses for their bosses, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, boyfriends, friends and get to work," it reads. "LET'S SHOW THEM THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES!!!" Less than two weeks later, a man rang the doorbell at Berger's house in Pennsylvania. Suddenly, the email he'd brushed off as a joke became a very real threat. "When I answered the door, he seemed nervous, like he wasn't expecting me. It was the middle of the day, and my wife was home," Berger told HuffPost. "He said, 'Are you Vic? Your videos are hurting a lot of people. You're really hurting the Proud Boys. You need to stop making these videos.'" Berger, now terrified, turned back and screamed for his wife to call 911. He chased the man to his car and snapped a photo of the license plate:

I was recently made aware that Gavin McInnes sent this message to his followers, The Proud Boys. Today, a Proud Boy drove to my home, rang my doorbell and threatened me and my family. All because I posted edited videos Gavin didn't like. Got his plate # and filed a police report. pic.twitter.com/dsys9Wl6ry — Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) May 22, 2018

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