The newly-resigned leader of the Proud Boys wrote a letter to his liberal neighbors begging them to take down anti-hate signs meant to protest his presence.
The Daily Beast reported that former Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes claimed in a letter to his neighbors in a tony New York City suburb that it's a "rumor" that he is the leader of a "hate group."
“You may have heard that I am the leader of a hate group called the Proud Boys,” McInnes, the Canadian Vice co-founder wrote in a December 28 letter obtained by The Daily Beast. “Everything about that rumor is false.”
The report noted that last fall, after the Proud Boys started a fight with anti-fascist protesters in Manhattan, Larchmont, New York residents began putting up “Hate Has No Home Here” signs in the neighborhood to push back against the group's leader that lives among them.
McInnes quit the group in November as its members began being charged for the street brawl -- but the sign campaign (and his family's complaints about them) continued.
“I am writing on behalf of my family to ask you to reconsider whether the message of your lawn sign moves our world and our village in the direction of love at all, or whether it sends a very different message instead," the ex-Proud Boy wrote.
McInnes wrote that he is "a pro-gay, pro-Israel, virulently anti-racist libertarian" and an immigrant (a reference to him being from Canada) who is married to a "Ho-Chunk Indian woman."
He added that his neighbors would not find anything "hateful, racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic or intolerant” in “any of my expressions of my worldview" -- an assertion The Daily Beast's Will Sommer countered.
"In fact, though, McInnes has a history of making hateful or extreme statements," Sommer wrote. "He has ranted about Jews, saying that he was 'becoming anti-Semitic' after a trip to Israel. He has called trans people 'gender n**gers,' and once wrote that women want to be 'downright abused.'"
“Hate certainly has no place here," McInnes wrote to his Larchmont neighbors, "and like you I am committed to keeping it that way!”
You can read the entire letter below:
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