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.