Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser (above) said on Tuesday that her city is preparing for this weekend’s arrival of the Proud Boys, a far-right pro-Trump group
The far-right group Proud Boys plans to stage a demonstration in the nation’s capital over the weekend to protest President Trump’s defeat in last Tuesday’s election as Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city is preparing.
‘I huddled with my team this morning about an additional report of a caravan that might be starting somewhere in the South culminating here,’ Bowser told reporters on Tuesday.
‘We continue to follow those activities and be prepared for those activities.
‘Our police chief will have a similar posture this weekend as he did last week.
‘And we will be there to support peaceful exercise of First Amendment demonstrations.’
Bowser this week recommended that local business owners who boarded up their properties in anticipation of possible violence and looting following the election remove the protective material.
When asked on Tuesday if the upcoming rally by Proud Boys changes her recommendation, she said: ‘It hasn’t.’
The Proud Boys is reportedly planning to stage demonstrations in the nation’s capital this weekend to protest President Trump’s defeat in last Tuesday’s election. Proud B oys members are seen above in Miami on October 15
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‘Should I think that something needs to change with that recommendation, I’ll make that statement,’ the mayor said.
When asked what the city plans to do if Proud Boys members openly carry weapons, she said it was a ‘police matter.’
While open carry is illegal in Washington, DC, gun owners can apply for a concealed carry permit.
As of Tuesday, at least two pro-Trump rallies are planned for Washington, DC, this weekend.
Last week, three members of Proud Boys were allegedly stabbed by Black Lives Matters supporters. DC police confirmed on Wednesday that they are looking for three suspects involved in a stabbing
A group of men who appear to be a part of The Proud Boys were seen drinking and getting rowdy just one mile away from the White House on Election Night, as clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and Trump supporters exploded nearby. The man front and center wears a red MAGA hat showing his support for Trump and wears a Fred Perry black polo with yellow detailing, which is considered the de facto uniform for members
The man was seen flashing an OK sign which has been adopted by white nationalists as a white power sign at Harry’s Pub in Washington DC Tuesday evening
The man on the right was seen wearing a shirt that said ‘Stand Back, Stand By,’ a quote from Trump to The Proud Boys during the presidential debate with Joe Biden on September 30 when asked point blank to denounce white supremacy
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio (pictured) claimed he and ‘multiple’ other members of the group were stabbed in an altercation after leaving the bar
Social media accounts circulated ads for the Million Maga March as well as the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally. Both are scheduled to take place at noon in the nation’s capital.
Trump lost last Tuesday’s election to former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democrat. But the incumbent president has refused to recognize the results of the election, nor has he conceded.
The president is claiming that the election was ‘stolen’ due to widespread voter fraud and is suing in court in a long-shot attempt to invalidate the results.
Three men associated with the Proud Boys were ‘stabbed and slashed’ in Washington, DC, early on Wednesday morning after spending election night celebrating Trump at a bar near the White House.
DC police confirmed that they are looking for three suspects involved in an altercation in the 700 block of 14th Street Northwest at about 3.20am on November 4.
A view of the logo on the man’s shirt above saying ‘Stand Back, Stand By’ with PB in the center
Two of the suspects were described as black males wearing all black clothing. The third was a black female wearing black sweatpants with a white stripe, orange leggings and a dark gray coat.
Police believe the suspects were linked to Black Lives Matter protests, according to WUSA.
The victims were transported to a hospital, where they are being treated for non-life threatening injuries, NBC News reported.
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio told the Gateway Pundit that he was slashed in the stomach while fellow member Bevelyn Beatty was stabbed in the back.
Tarrio claimed that his group was attacked after they stepped in to help another older man who was being assaulted.
‘We were helping some guy that was getting stabbed by two black males and one female,’ Tarrio said.
‘Bevelyn got stabbed as well as two Proud Boys and the guy they were attacking. I got slashed, but it’s not serious. We were walking to our cars.’
The altercation took place about four blocks from where a group of men who appeared to be part of the Proud Boys were seen drinking at Harry’s Pub on 11th Street, just a seven minutes walk from the White House.
Photos snapped by DailyMail.com showed the group proudly wearing MAGA hats and flashing white power signs as protests erupted outside.
Several were seen wearing shirts affiliating themselves with The Proud Boys, a far-right males-only extremist group that has neo-fascist, violent, nationalistic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic views, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Who are the Proud Boys?
Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes started the all-male Proud Boys in 2016. McInnes and the Proud Boys have described the group as a politically incorrect men’s club for ‘Western chauvinists’ and deny affiliations with far-right extremist groups that overtly espouse racist and anti-Semitic views.
The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center designated the Proud Boys as a hate group, saying that its members often spread ‘outright bigotry’ and ‘anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric’ over the internet, and have posted social media pictures of themselves with prominent Holocaust deniers, white nationalists and ‘known neo-Nazis.’
Current leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, marched in the infamous Charlottesville Unite the Right rally in 2017.
McInnes filed a lawsuit against the SPLC in February, challenging the addition of his organization to a list of hate groups.
Proud Boys have been involved in a series of high-profile violent clashes at political events.
In New York City in October 2018, police arrested several Proud Boys members who brawled with anti-fascist protesters following a speech by McInnes at a Manhattan Republican club.
Proud Boys members also have frequently clashed with counterprotesters at rallies in California and Oregon.