February 7, 2019
Gavin McInnes has some serious money problems, what with getting shut down everywhere. He’s also probably going to have some pretty serious legal costs coming up with regards to his involvement in the Proud Boys, which is being investigated by the FBI.
Thankfully, he’s been slandered for years as a “neo-Nazi white supremacist” by the obscenely wealthy Jews of the SPLC.
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes rejects the notion he’s a hate-monger, and he’s going after an organization that believes he fits the description.
McInnes has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has designated the Proud Boys as a hate group. The suit claims the label has cost McInnes business opportunities and access to media platforms.
In October, Facebook and Instagram banned the Proud Boys and McInnes, citing their policies against hate groups.
“By leveraging its remarkable power and influence to deplatform and defund targeted groups and individuals such as Mr. McInnes, SPLC deprives those with which it disagrees of venues in which their points of view may be expressed, of income and ultimately of their most priceless possession, their reputations,’’ the lawsuit says.
SPLC President Richard Cohen paraphrased Franklin Delano Roosevelt in dismissing the suit as having no merit.
“Judge us by the enemies we’ve made,’’ Cohen said, invoking FDR. “Gavin McInnes has a history of making inflammatory statements about Muslims, women, and the transgender community. The fact that he’s upset with SPLC tells us that we’re doing our job exposing hate and extremism.’’
That’s the quote James Comey recently quoted. I had never heard it before. I suspect Cohen hadn’t either.
McInnes has described the far-right men’s group he founded in 2016 as “a pro-Trump drinking club.’’
The SPLC, which tracks right-wing extremists, says in its website the Proud Boys participated along with other hate groups in the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the death of counter-demonstrator Heather Heyer. Jason Kessler, then a member of the Proud Boys, was one of the organizers.
McInnes actually officially told members of his group not to go to that event. I remember it was something of a drama at the time.
Last month, they provided support and protection for Roger Stone when he appeared in a Florida courthouse for his arraignment on charges that he lied to Congress about his communication with WikiLeaks and the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2016.
McInnes, who announced he was leaving the Proud Boys in November after the revelation that the FBI considers them an extremist group, said in the lawsuit he opposes discrimination based on race, religion or sexual preference.
Having listened to a fair amount of Gavin McInnes, I can confirm that this is true.
He is anti-racist and actively pro-homosexual.
The SPLC and his past comments paint a different picture of him and the group he used to lead.
“Their disavowals of bigotry are belied by their actions: rank-and-file Proud Boys and leaders regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists,’’ the SPLC web site says.
The website also provides a list of offensive statements McInnes has made in the past two years about women, Muslims and immigrants, including this one from March 2017: “Palestinians are stupid. Muslims are stupid. And the only thing they really respect is violence and being tough.”
As recently as two years ago, McInnes branded himself as “Islamophobic.’’
In a news conference Monday in front of the SPLC building in Montgomery, Alabama, McInnes accused the organization of being driven by a desire to receive donations from anti-hate groups and a need to expand its reach.
“They cast this wide net of everyone’s a Nazi and they start destroying lives,’’ he said.
The news conference was okay.
He wore a hat.
And brought a random brown person along with him to drive home the point of just how not racist he truly is.
Gavin McInnes outside of the Southern Poverty Law Center describing how the anti-hate business operates – note that @antihateca boasts of its relationship with SPLC
— 2020 (@rerified) February 4, 2019
The SPLC recently settled out of court for 3.3 million dollars after accusing a practicing Moslem of being an “anti-Islamic extremist” because he is against terrorism.
Gavin is obviously hoping for an encore of that.
It’s true that the SPLC has gone completely off the rails and is just accusing everyone of being some kind of a hater. But Gavin has a lot less grounds than this Moslem, and a lot less grounds than the Christian groups that don’t sue them because they don’t have the money.
Gavin is definitely not an actual Nazi – or whatever they’ve called him – but he has made a lot of edgy jokes that they can cite, then he is put in a position where he has to explain he’s joking.
I mean – I am not actually a “neo-Nazi white supremacist” in the sense that they claim. This alleged desire to just hurt random people because of the color of their skin. I’m no Liam Neeson. Obviously, my arguments would be even more difficult than Gavin’s, as I am openly pro-white and believe that white people should be allowed to have their own countries, which the SPLC has defined as “hatred for the color of the skin.” But the term “neo-Nazi white supremacist” has no definition.
In people’s minds, they think of American History X.
I have never even met that type of a person, let alone been one.
But I’m sure the SPLC will give some alternate explanation of what they’re talking about.
Still, the fact is that the SPLC has stated plainly that their goal is to “destroy” their political enemies.
A direct quote, from “senior hate researcher” Mark Potok: “Our aim in life is to destroy these groups, to completely destroy them.”
So, when you combine that sort of language with pretty self-evident distortions of what a person believes in order to harm them financially and professionally, you have a pretty solid case.
It basically just matters how much money Gavin has behind him for the suit, and how good the lawyers are. They might go ahead and pay up rather than try to explain what exactly a “neo-Nazi white supremacist” actually is.