Outside President Trump‘s massive rally in Orlando, Florida, a group of Proud Boys were peacefully walking down the street, before being attacked – by fake news.
AP reporter Philip Crowther falsely reported that Proud Boys were flashing “white power signs” – spreading a long debunked hoax that the OK sign is code for “white power.”
Crowther also falsely called the Proud Boys a “white supremacist group.” The leader of the Proud Boys, a conservative men’s club, is Enrique Tarrio, an Afro-Cuban man who has had his personal bank account closed by Chase Bank thanks in part to fake news similar to Crowther’s false report.
The founder of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes, is currently suing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for falsely citing the Proud Boys as violent and “involved in a violent altercation” after a McInnes speech.
Crowther pushed the SPLC myth that the Proud Boys are a violent organization by claiming the police stopped them in Orlando, omitting the facts that police were not targeting the Proud Boys, and that the Proud Boys stopped and posed for a photograph.
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