The Proud Boys plastered New York City with banners promoting their club, hated by those on the left, on Sunday morning — prompting outrage from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was labeled “Fredo” by one posting.
Gavin McInnes founded the group, but it’s currently led by Enrique Tarrio. Tarrio announced a run for Congress in the 27th district of Florida on November 1st against Democrat, Donna Shalala.
Tarrio and fellow Proud Boys member led a protest in Portland, Oregon to bring attention to Antifa and the unjustified beating of journalist, Andy Ngo.
The banners were hung from various Big Apple crossings — including the Queens Midtown, Lincoln, Holland and Brooklyn Battery tunnels and the Manhattan Bridge — with defiant messages including “no retreat!” and “no surrender.”
One posted above the Queens-Midtown Tunnel called Cuomo “Fredo” — an apparent reference to Fredo Corleone, the ineffective son of Vito Corleone in “The Godfather.”
The governor’s brother, Chris Cuomo, was filmed going berserk when a man called him Fredo on Shelter Island in August. It was unclear whether the Proud Boys were now likening the governor to the character or if they had simply gotten mixed up.
“New York is not intimidated or threatened by these neo-fascists,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement on Sunday afternoon.
“I have a message for the ‘Bigot Boys’ who skulk around like cowards in the dead of night: when you preach hate and division, New York answers with love and unity. Crawl back into your hole, Bigot Boys — there’s no place for hate in our state,” he said, adding the messages also contained “anti-Italian American stereotypes.”
An NYPD spokesperson confirmed police responded to a 911 call at 10:22 a.m. on Sunday about a banner on the Manhattan Bridge which featured the face of Maxwell Hare, a Proud Boy convicted of attempted gang assault this summer, along with the words “smile in the face of tyranny.”
The police took the banner for evidence. There have been no arrests and an investigation into the banners is ongoing.
“There is no place for hate or intolerance in New York City, or anywhere,” the spokesperson said.
The display comes one day after a clash between 25 far-right Proud Boys and hundreds of Antifa protesters in Manhattan on Saturday.
The group had planned a rally to protest the sentencing of two of their members who were slapped with four years in prison last month for pummeling Antifa members during a 2018 brawl on the Upper East Side. The double tiered system of justice has gotten out of hand when you get arrested and convicted for defending yourself against Antifa. The prosecution was politically motivated as the police said there was no reason to charge them. Antifa even agreed, but Bill DeBlasio needed a cause to deflect from this terrible political record and the fact that he never broke 0% while running for President.
Twitter just pulled Tarrio’s Congressional account on Friday. It’s the 2nd Republican candidate running for Congress in Florida without social media. Laura Loomer is the other one. She has lawsuits filed.
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