On the Proud Boys mentioned by Trump and their Canadian roots

Many Canadians watched the debate in the United States and had fun watching the unfolding battle, but then something happened that the Canadians did not expect: Canada, thanks to the efforts of Donald Trump, also hit the headlines.

But these headlines were far from positive …

In the United States, the first presidential candidate debate on Tuesday night featured many topics. Among them was the theme of white chauvinists and militant groups in the United States.

When the Republican leader was asked if he would fight such misanthropic groups, he suddenly began talking (at the suggestion of Biden) about an infamous right-wing group called the Proud Boys.

And then Trump managed to turn to them with a request to step aside and not interfere, leaving many in confusion.

An article in the Guardian states that an organization called Proud Boys was classified as an extremist group by the FBI in 2018.

In addition, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) characterizes this group as misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and anti-immigration.

According to the ADL, the all-male group has several hundred members in the United States and abroad, participates in rallies and protests, and uses violent tactics.

Taking Trump’s words as a guide to action, the group went to social networks, where they presented their new emblem, inspired again by the speech of the president and his candidate.

The emblem, according to NBC News, now flaunts: “Stand back and do not interfere.”

The Proud Boys is of Canadian descent, but the group subsequently moved to the United States and gained perhaps worldwide, albeit bad-smelling, fame, including for supporting the Trump administration.

As you know, the extremist group was created by the Canadian-British right-wing activist and at the same time co-founder of Vice magazine Gavin McInnes in 2016.

In an interview with The New York Times, McInnes said he did not want his culture to be emasculated.

“We have to close the borders and let everyone imitate the Western, white, English-speaking way of life,” he said in an interview.

Canadians took to Twitter to explain to their southern neighbors that they should not rush to move to Canada, since this problem technically originated here.

A lot was said about this at the moment when the topic “move to Canada” became a trend on Twitter.

Others argued that wherever this group settled, the problem would still not go away, since its examples and manifestations can be observed everywhere in Canada.