A brawl broke out Friday night in New York City following a speech by Gavin McInnes, founder of the far-right organization Proud Boys.
McInnes' supporters yelled homophobic slurs at anti-fascist protesters outside the Metropolitan Republican Club, which had been vandalized prior to McInnes’ appearance, the New York Post reports.
According to a police report, three of the protesters chased after a Proud Boys supporter as he left the building, ultimately punching him and taking his backpack.
These three protesters were arrested and freed without bail on charges of burglary and assault. While multiple witnesses claim it was the Proud Boys who were the aggressors, no other arrests were made on the scene.
“We followed Proud Boys after Gavin McInnes Republican Club event,” writes onlooker Sandi Bachom, a journalist, who posted a YouTube video of the brawl. “Someone tried to take one of their MAGA hats and this happened.” The footage appears to show a mob of Proud Boys members kicking and punching three anti-fascist protesters.
Journalist Shay Horse tweeted about the fight involving “30 (proud boys) V 3 (randoms),” adding, “It ended with 30 proud boys pummeling a guy on the ground screaming, ‘ARE YOU BRAVE NOW FAGGOT?!’”
ThinkProgress also reports that the white nationalist group “took to the streets, brutally beating and kicking several individuals while shouting ‘faggot’ and ‘cocksucker,’ reportedly because one of them stole one of their MAGA hats.”
Some of McInnes’ supporters were heard chanting “I like beer,” referencing comments made by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during the United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations.
Proud Boys, a misogynistic and anti-Muslim fraternity known for acts of political violence, has been characterized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. McInnes has reportedly told his followers that "fighting solves everything." Jason Kessler, organizer of last year's deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, was a Proud Boy.
McInnes, who has made many anti-transgender statements, made headlines earlier this year when he said Fire and Fury author Michael Wolff is untrustworthy because of his “gay face.” McInnes is also co-founder of Vice Media but left the company in 2008.
McInnes’ lecture at the Metropolitan Republican Club was reportedly about Japanese right-wing extremist Otoya Yamaguchi, who assassinated Japan Socialist Party leader Inejiro Asanuma with a sword in 1960.
Right-wing media such as Fox News ignored the aggression of the Proud Boys and characterized the brawl solely as left-wing violence. A video posted by Fox News shows McInnes waving a sword outside the event.
Police Commissioner James O’Neill said Saturday that video of the brawl is being reviewed to determine if additional arrests are warranted.