Much jackboot-quaking as a much-touted demo in Portland had a weak showing north of the anarchist jurisdiction.
tickled by this because I watched 5 seconds of the KATU coverage and the proud boy on the mic said something like 2,000 people were there— voltaverse (@voltaverse) September 26, 2020
BLM car caravan from Vanport at Irvine Park now. Reports that the Proud Boy rally has mostly dissolved. #BlackLivesMatter #blm #PortlandProtest #Portland #PortlandOregon #PDXprotests #pdx #ProudBoys #antifa pic.twitter.com/VUgz9RpKXJ
— Garrison Davis (@hungrybowtie) September 26, 2020
The Proud Boys are a domestic terrorist group that holds monthly white nationalist rallies in Portland in hopes of assaulting, and potentially killing anti-fascist protestors.
Here are a few posts from their former lawyer, Jason Van Dyke, to show the group's history of hate. pic.twitter.com/YgnRYzfypP
— Nathan Bernard (@nathanTbernard) September 26, 2020
So far the roughest thing I’ve seen out here was an apparently leftist journalist showed up and the Proud Boys supporters physically pushed him out, and took his walkie talkie and GoPro.
They then returned them, and the guy ultimately stayed on the outskirts. pic.twitter.com/Vn46A1AzID
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) September 26, 2020
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) September 26, 2020
Lots of Trump apparel for sale at the Proud Boys rally in Portland.
One man is selling Trump bottle openers that he makes pic.twitter.com/UPpFXxbV4C
— Zane Sparling (@PDXzane) September 26, 2020
We can confirm that officers have conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle leaving Delta Park. The officers took possession of firearms, paintball guns, baseball bats, and shields. At least one criminal citation was issued. pic.twitter.com/rtJhzeCcv1
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) September 26, 2020
At far-right rallies across the U.S., an English tennis champion named Fred Perry hovers, invisible to the men unwittingly representing him. For the last two years, members of the Proud Boys cult of masculinity have worn Perry-branded striped-collar polo shirts with a Wimbledon-inspired laurel insignia as they shout at anti-fascist protesters and take rocks to the head. In blog posts and tweets dating back to 2014, their patriarch Gavin McInnes has instructed them that this — a Fred Perry cotton pique tennis shirt, always in black and yellow — is the proper armor for battling multiculturalism.
The Proud Boys at most have a few hundred active members, but they are a fixture at fascist “free speech” events like this month’s anti-Muslim marches, where they mingle with white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups. McInnes is eager to point out that the Proud Boys accept people of color, Muslims, and Jewish people — so long as those members also “accept that the West is the best” and reject non-Western immigrants to America (McInnes is Canadian). But McInnes insists his followers are not themselves white supremacists, a clarification he has to make partially because Fred Perry polos have a history of popping up at racist skinhead punk shows and rallies across Europe and the Americas. The shirts have been a fixture in some form or another, in all their two-dozen-plus colorways, in both fascist and anti-fascist politics for fifty years, here in the States but especially in England, where both the brand and the skinhead subculture that co-opted it are from.x
The Proud Boys wearing Fred Perry is not a surprise. They have been associated with hate for years. In England they were worn by skinheads of the British National Party
How Fred Perry polos came to symbolize hate | The Outline https://t.co/swf3rTcb6w
— Mr. Spock 🖖 (Commentary) (@SpockResists) September 26, 2020
I’m leading Oregon’s congressional members in demanding answers from Trump’s DHS about reports it spied on the phones of protesters in Portland. This may be a gross violation of constitutional rights and I will do everything in my power to protect the rights of Oregonians. pic.twitter.com/04Qag4oUlD
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) September 25, 2020