Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes Quits Group After FBI Labels It ‘Extremist’

Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes Quits Group After FBI Labels It ‘Extremist’

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes quit the group Wednesday after it was reported that the FBI has classified them as an “extremist” group.

McInnes, who also co-founded Vice Media, said in a video posted to YouTube that he is quitting in an effort to help members currently facing charges for violent attacks and denied that the group was “extremist” or “white nationalist.”

“As of today, Nov. 21, 2018, I am officially disassociating myself from the Proud Boys, in all capacities, forever. I quit,” he said.

He said that he hopes the move will help the nine Proud Boys members arrested for a violent attack on liberal protesters in Manhattan last month.

“I’m told by my legal team and law enforcement that this gesture could help alleviate their sentencing,” McInnes said. “Fine. At the very least, this will show jurors they are not dealing with a gang and there’s no head of operations.”

“We are not an extremist group and we do not have ties with white nationalists,” he claimed, despite longstanding ties to “alt-right” leader Richard Spencer and the white nationalist march in Charlottesville last year.

FBI told police Proud Boys are ‘extremist group’: According to a Washington state police memo, the FBI classified the Proud Boys as an “extremist group.”

“The FBI has warned local law enforcement agencies that the Proud Boys are actively recruiting in the Pacific north-west”, the document said. “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.”

SPLC labels it a “hate group”: The Southern Poverty Law Center labeled the Proud Boys a “hate group” because of its propensity for spreading white nationalist messages and their ties to the Charlottesville rally and its founder Jason Kessler, a former Proud Boys member.