Far-right, violent, all-male group, the Proud Boys, got themselves into an awkward situation at the weekend —by letting off a smoke bomb in a car park of a market.
One of the Proud Boys’ Portland, Oregon rallies, dubbed “Summer of Love,” descended into chaos when they targeted anti-fascist protesters who weren’t afraid to hit back.
Major clash between Proud Boys and Antifa happening now on 122nd in Portland Pepper spray and airsoft deployed, f… https://t.co/B9YWU6XmV6— Zane Sparling (@Zane Sparling) 1629673979
Journalist @MaranieRae has been injured, receiving treatment from medics now during street clashes between Proud Bo… https://t.co/fU94fQ45W8— Zane Sparling (@Zane Sparling) 1629674277
The Boys themselves may have gotten their heads too far in the clouds after misjudging the smoke bomb they decided to let off in the car park of a KMart, a department store chain.
You can hear shouts of “f*** Antifa,” while someone else said, “Could we move that smoke bomb a little bit out there? We got elderly people here, guys.”
See for yourselves:
The Proud Boys are now reduced to hanging out in the parking lot of an abandoned KMart, and they just accidentally… https://t.co/d7znCPsGf4— Palmer Report (@Palmer Report) 1629671626
People in the comments were quick to mock the far-right group.
“Ah yes. Smoke yourself out and blame it on Antifa Clowns,” someone wrote.
“They aren’t sending their smartest, that’s for sure,” another added.
Someone else made a joke about accidents in market aisles and wrote, “Attention Kmart shoppers blue light, especially aisle 9.”
Check out some other reactions below.
Lol oh Lordy you can’t make this sht up. https://t.co/RZwA6XD8gV— MaDukes 🇺🇸 (@MaDukes 🇺🇸) 1629674336
Maybe they're just setting up a Halloween USA https://t.co/eyxtqZ7swL— 𝑼𝒏𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝑺𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒏 (@𝑼𝒏𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘𝒏 𝑺𝒕𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒎𝒂𝒏) 1629675639
Can someone remind me again what they’re so “proud” about? https://t.co/aoESoqWk2k— Dave- END the Filibuster (@Dave- END the Filibuster) 1629674606
This is embarrassing 🤣. https://t.co/NSF3BF3Xf1— Val. Wal 🐩 (@Val. Wal 🐩) 1629684476
Always so angry. https://t.co/b5I1HlphIW— Martin (@Martin) 1629715729
Early in the day, various speakers on the Proud Boy stage described people charged with crimes for the insurrection of Capitol Hill on January 6 as “political prisoners.”
Among the speakers was Tusitala “Tiny” Toese, a member who has been convicted of violence at protests, according to OPB.
“We’re not going to stand down,” Toese said.
Tiny emceeing the "Summer of Love" event, threatens violence against trans people. Video by @_jlevinson https://t.co/jrIENdBhRV— Ryan Haas (@Ryan Haas) 1629670020
As a result of the events over the weekend, leaders were prompted to speak on it, including Eric Ward, the executive director of the Western States Center, a nationwide organization to promote democracy and freedom from fear, who called the events “deeply disturbing.”
“This is a national problem that demands national resources. Anti-democratic violence is a threat that strikes at the heart of who we are as a country. It’s time to act like it,” Ward said in a statement.
The Proud Boys, formed in the midst of the presidential election of 2016, is a violent, far-right, all-male organisation that insists they are perpetuating an “anti-political correctness” and “anti-white guilt” rhetoric when it really teeters on the lines of bigotry.