Hard Times Comin' Through: Gavin McInnes and the Charlottesville "Racism War" - 2017-08-22
McInnes told Malzberg, "It was a really fun night, and overall I cannot recommend violence enough. It is a really effective way to solve problems."
Beyond the obvious ignorance of such a statement — especially when now viewed against the August 12 racist rally-turned-riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, — McInnes has done much to perpetuate both the motivating animus and the viral capacity of political violence since President Trump's election, including publishing videos on Rebel Media such as "Fighting 'Anti-Fascists' is Fun!" Violence is even built into the structure of the Proud Boys hierarchy; the highest level of membership in McInnes' organization, called a "Fourth Degree," can only be achieved once a member has engaged in violence with antifascists.
And last January, a video of McInnes went viral after he was filmed punching and shoving a counter-protestor outside of the Deploraball held in Washington, D.C.