A document from Washington State law enforcement claims that the FBI has branded the Proud Boys as an extremist group with “ties to white nationalism” — despite their extremely diverse membership and repeated denunciation of racism.
The document is not directly from the FBI, it is hearsay from a local police department that has been rocked by scandal after firing a deputy due to pressure from Antifa.
The document, from August, was obtained by the government transparency non-profit Property of the People and handed to The Guardian, states that “the FBI has warned local law enforcement agencies that the Proud Boys are actively recruiting in the Pacific northwest,” and that the “Proud Boys members have contributed to the recent escalation of violence at political rallies held on college campuses, and in cities like Charlottesville, Virginia, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.”
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes doubts the truthfulness of the Guardian’s report on the issue. He says that there is no evidence the FBI has actually designated them an extremist group.
The document the Guardian reported on is related to the case of a former deputy from the Clark County Sheriff’s Department who was fired after Antifa raised hell about photos of her on social media wearing a “Proud Boys Girls” shirt.
“The Guardian headline reads like the FBI just made this announcement,” McInnes told The Gateway Pundit. “I think it’s just local cops trying to cover their asses if she sues.”