EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the truth about the pro-Trump ‘Proud Boys’ and their connections to neo-Nazis

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On October 12, three far-right skinhead gang members attended a talk by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes at the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan, according to video, photographic, and eyewitness evidence.

One of them, Irvin Antillon, assaulted three people in a street brawl afterwards and is one of nine Proud Boys being sought by police in connection to the attack. (On October 18, police announced the first Proud Boys arrest, of Geoffrey Young, on charges of rioting and attempted assault.)

A video shows Antillon, a member of Battalion 49, a Latino skinhead gang based in Queens, leaving the club. Seconds later, two members of the 211 Bootboys walk out: Joe Bola (allegedly a pseudonym) and Dennis Davila, owner of a music label and promoter of festivals popular among hate groups. The Southern Poverty Law Centerlabels the 211 Bootboys “an ultranationalist far-right skinhead crew.”

Minutes later, Antillon is seen in security camera footage wearing a jacket and striped track pants kicking an opponent lying on a sidewalk. A third video, a livestream, shows Antillon kicking and manhandling two other people. Shay Horse, who photographed the event and the assault, as well as the Proud Boys celebrating afterwards, took photos of the three skinheads leaving the club. He says their pictures match the names and pictures published by antifascists. The SPLC separately identified Antillon, Bola, and Davila in Horse’s group photo.


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