The Proud Boys further aroused outrage after their leader appeared to suggest that he was invited to the White House this weekend by claiming that a member of the far-right group has been in the president’s official residence for the past four years.
The Trump administration had to deny that Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio was officially invited to the White House before a big one MAGA meeting on Saturday in the capital.
Post on social media site Parler, Tarrio uploaded a photo of himself in the gates of the White House, adding that he had a “last-minute invitation to an unnamed location.”
“He was on a public Christmas tour of the White House,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement. “He didn’t meet with the president, nor did the White House invite him.”
Also write on their official Parler account, the Proud Boys – who also claim their threats of violence are jokes and should not be taken seriously by the media – questioned why there was outrage over the suggestion that Tarrio was officially in the White House.
“There has been a proud boy in the White House for 4 years and everyone is shocked by today’s photo,” the extremist group wrote.
The message appears to be a thinly disguised reference to Donald Trump, who was heavily criticized in September after not denouncing the group in the televised presidential debate and instead saying to “take a step back.”
The Proud Boys were supported by the comments, adopted the words as a new catchphrase, including making it appear on merchandise, and took it as permission from president to cause further violence against antifa and other left-wing protesters.
Trump ultimately condemned both the Proud Boys and “all white supremacists” in an interview with Fox News in October.
“I condemn the Proud Boys. I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that,” he said before suggesting that President-elect Joe Biden should condemn too. antifa.
The White House has been contacted for further comment.
Violence erupted in Washington on Saturday after thousands of people attended the rally and expressed support for Trump’s baseless and unproven claims that he had lost the election as a result of widespread voter fraud.
The Proud Boys were seen fighting in the streets of the capital antifa counter-protesters and four of their supporters sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being stabbed during an altercation outside a bar.
Supporters of Proud Boys were also seen outside the Black Lives Matter board Asbury United Methodist Church and set it on fire.
The church’s senior pastor, Rev. Dr. Ianther Mr. Mills, described the act as “reminiscent of cross burns. “