10/3/2020 6:21:57 PM
Before their shout-out on the national debate stage earlier this week, the Proud Boys had previously made a name for themselves with incendiary social media posts and street brawling at protests in cities like Portland and New York. The small, but loud, right-wing group also has roots in Florida, where they have made appearances at marches and rallies and gained notoriety for their connections to high-profile political figures. The Proud Boys were founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, a co-founder of Vice Media. They call themselves a “fraternity," “social club” and “men’s drinking club,” according to members.
In their words, their ideology revolves around being “Western chauvinists”