'NY Republicans Not Sure Whether Proud Boys Founder Gavin McInnes Is Good Or Bad'
New York's Republicans are divided on whether or not it was a good idea to invite Gavin McInnes and his frequently violent gang of Proud Boys to the Metropolitan Republican Club, after the appearance sparked street clashes between protesters and the far right hate group in the Upper East Side on Friday night.
After initially blaming the violence on "radical leftists," GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro acknowledged in an interview with the Daily News on Tuesday that he is "a bit ashamed" by the Metropolitan Republican Club's decision to invite McInnes. Molinaro—who uses the Metropolitan Club as his campaign headquarters—accused McInnes of inciting violence, adding that "the institution was wrong [to invite him] and I think we were wrong not to call it out for what it is."
In addition to espousing racist, misogynistic and Islamophobic views, McInnes has repeatedly encouraged members of his group to commit violence, and bestows the highest rankings on Proud Boys who have beat up left wing protesters. He was initially invited to the Republican club to perform a skit depicting the killing of Japanese socialist Inejiro Asanuma, whose murder on live television in 1960 is considered an "inspiring moment" by the Proud Boys founder.