A group of men who appear to be part of The Proud Boys were seen drinking and celebrating Donald Trump just one mile away from the White House on Election Night, as clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and Trump supporters exploded nearby.
Photos from Harry’s Bar on 11th Street in Washington DC, just a seven minutes walk from the White House, show a group of Trump supporters proudly wearing MAGA hats and flashing white power signs.
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.
One man was seen wearing a shirt that said ‘Stand Back, Stand By,’ a quote from Trump during the presidential debate with Joe Biden on September 30 when the president was asked to denounce white supremacy.
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 flashingan OK sign which has been adopted by white nationalists as a white power sign at Harry’s Bar 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
A view of the logo on the man’s shirt above saying ‘Stand Back, Stand By’ with PB in the center
When Trump skirted the question and was asked to give a message to the Proud Boys, he gave the order ‘Stand Back and Stand by’ instead of denouncing the group’s actions.
While Trump’s message sparked fury among some communities, The Proud Boys jumped on the quote and added it to their T-shirts, clothes, and hats adopting it as a slogan.
The clothing worn by the Proud Boys is often black and yellow.
Another man at the bar was seen wearing a Fred Perry black polo with yellow detailing which is considered the de facto uniform for members.
Meanwhile, outside the White House clashes broke out between Trump supporters and protesters as police tried to keep massive crowds that showed up under control.
The group proudly sported their pro-Trump gear as they watched the results of the election being tallied
The Proud Boys is a far-right males-only extremist group that has neo-fascist, violent, nationalistic, Islamophobic, and misogynistic views
The group appeared to be celebrating as they watched the election results pour in
Video footage from Black Lives Matter Plaza shows tensions overflowing into physical altercations as thousands gather to demonstrate despite a heavy presence from Metropolitan police.
According to reports, Black Lives Matter demonstrators were angered when a counter-protester allegedly began to shout ‘All lives matter, white lives matter’.
One video shows the man speaking with a protester before he is shoved into one of the barricades and surrounded. He is punched and pushed to the ground before he manages to break away and walk off.
Another video shows a man in a ‘Make America Great Again’ shirt squaring off with a protester and trying to taunt him into a fight.
D.C.: Police officers arrest a protester on Tuesday night amid clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and Trump supporters. There have been at least two arrests in the Capitol linked to the protests
D.C.: Clashes erupted on Black Lives Plaza in a tense stand-off between different groups of protesters that cops struggled to get under control Tuesday night. There was later a tense stand-off between BLM protesters and police officers after a man was arrested
D.C.: Metropolitan police on bikes were dispatched after a major scuffle erupted between protesters
D.C.: A supporter of US President Donald J. Trump taunts Biden Supporters in Black Lives Matter Plaza
D.C.: Two men were arrested Tuesday evening on 16th Street in front of The Capital Hilton. A uniformed police officer told the DailyMail.com, that the two men were arrested as a result of an assault against an unknown person
D.C.: Police officers arrest a protester as a truck with musicians plays live Gogo music at protests near the White House
Shouting also erupted in a tense stand-off between protesters and cops, forcing officers to pull back from Black Lives Matter Plaza to restore calm. Protesters have threatened to remain and force civil unrest around the White House for weeks if Trump is reelected.
At least three protesters have been arrested. The first was taken into custody at around 5.15pm after demonstrators failed to comply with police orders to move a vehicle that was illegally parked and charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, according to NBC.
The second two arrests were made at around 9.30pm as officers on bikes were deployed to break up a major scuffle. It is not known if the arrest was linked to the earlier violence between protesters captured on video.
Cops were seen loading canisters with crowd control munitions as struggled to remove the man who had been placed under arrest from the crowds.
Elsewhere, the LAPD and NYPD were both preparing for potential unrest as the National Guard was activated in 16 states, according to Deadline. The LAPD declares an unlawful assembly near the Staples Center at around 8pm due to a ‘large and unruly’ crowd.
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.