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The Proud Boys say recruitment is growing and they're ready to serve again as Donald Trump's unofficial protection force.

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... A dark SUV cruised past former President Donald Trump's supporters near his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey on a windy April afternoon. Billowing from the vehicle were three flags: one for the Trump campaign, two others with the initials "PB" " the insignia of the far-right Proud Boys movement.

Through the open windows, three Proud Boys flashed the "OK" sign with their hands, a gesture often associated with white supremacy and the far right. Trump's fans cheered. Four men dressed in the signature black-and-yellow shirts of the Proud Boys spilled out of the SUV and began glad-handing the crowd like homecoming heroes.

The Proud Boys are back. Four years after the failed effort to overturn Trump's 2020 electoral defeat, the violent all-male extremist group that led the storming of Congress on Jan. 6, 2021, is rebuilding and regaining strength as Trump campaigns to return to the White House, according to interviews with eight Proud Boys, two U.S. law enforcement officials and four experts who track the group's online activity.

Since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, four former Proud Boys leaders have been convicted in federal court of seditious conspiracy, each sentenced to 15 or more years in prison. At least another 70 members were charged with participating in the violence. But that crackdown hasn't stopped the Proud Boys. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-03 06:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

~Standing By....~

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-03 09:00 PM | Reply

Oh no!

Not meal team 6...

#3 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2024-06-03 09:54 PM | Reply

I wonder what makes these slow learners think the National Guard won't be waiting for them the next time?

And what makes them think that the FBI doesn't already know who they are?

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2024-06-03 09:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#4 ... I wonder what makes these slow learners think the National Guard won't be waiting for them the next time? ...

Yeah.

I mean if Reuters knows about their apparent intent, who else also knows.

I mean, reporters asking questions vs. people planted within organizations.


#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-03 10:09 PM | Reply

People seem to think the US government is going to stand up to white supremacy.

LOL

#6 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2024-06-03 10:22 PM | Reply

I recommend that the Proud Boys carry their usual flags to identify themself in case the National Guard needs to use lethal force.

Let's see who is willing to catch the first bullet for Trump. If we're lucky, we might get to see it on tape at the same time as his family.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2024-06-03 10:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#7 ... I recommend that the Proud Boys carry their usual flags to identify themself in case the National Guard needs to use lethal force. ...

Or have they learned, and going forward they may try to be more subversive in nature?

imo, too soon to tell.

#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-03 10:30 PM | Reply

Reminder:

They shot one lunatic in her water filled head the last time and they've been ------ with about it since then.

They won't harm another one of these ------- creetins again.

It doesn't matter what they do.

#9 | Posted by tres_flechas at 2024-06-03 10:30 PM | Reply

LAMP

They must be considerably weaker than they used to be if they have to advertise. And it's been my experience that these violet groups usually dissolve into in-fighting over those (now) vacant leadership positions ~~ and will likely splinter off.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2024-06-03 10:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#10 ... They must be considerably weaker than they used to be if they have to advertise. ...

My guess is that they have always ~advertised.~

But to your point....

The strength of an organization rests in its leadership.

So, who is going to step up and declare theirself the leader of Proud Boys? That is what I am looking for. Who is declaring themself to be the leader of Proud Boys? And, if we do not see such a declaration soon, why are they hiding? If the goal is so just, why hide?

Then, there's this event is in short-term memory...


Proud Boys' Enrique Tarrio gets record 22 years in prison for Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy (September 2023)
apnews.com

Yeah, Justice can be a deterrent for those who oppose it.



#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-03 11:01 PM | Reply

Another view...

The Proud Boys are making a comeback for Trump: Bad things are going to happen'
www.independent.co.uk

... Right-wing militia was spotted providing security' at Trump rally in New Jersey

The conservative quasi-militia known as the Proud Boys is growing their numbers as the group experiences the "calm before the storm", a new investigation has found.

A report from Reuters found that the violent right-wing group is ramping up activities, including recruitment, as it prepares for the 2024 election and whatever the aftermath of 5 November may bring. According to the news service, the group's members have been spotted at numerous events hosted by the Trump campaign and other pro-Trump groups " including the massive rally held by the former president on the Jersey Shore last month.

One member of the Proud Boys who spoke to Reuters at the Wildwood, New Jersey event said that the group was providing "security" -- a common refrain from the group's members, who are known for antagonising protesters and in some instances engaging in vicious street brawls with left-leaning demonstrators at everything from Trump rallies to Pride parades.

A Trump campaign official who spoke to The Independent on Monday denied that any of the president's staff were in contact with the Proud Boys regarding the Wildwood rally.

A month prior, Reuters reports, the group's members were spotted outside of Trump's Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. ...



#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-03 11:52 PM | Reply

@#12 ... A Trump campaign official who spoke to The Independent on Monday denied that any of the president's staff were in contact with the Proud Boys regarding the Wildwood rally. ...

Of course there was no direct contact.

But that statement does not negate the Proud Boys taking their cues from the dog-whistle comments that fmr Pres Trump seems to frequently offer.

"Stand by."

#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-03 11:54 PM | Reply

There will be a quite a few more "Ashli Babbitts" next time they try anything.
I think it's called "thinning of the herd".

#14 | Posted by a_monson at 2024-06-04 12:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Totally unrelated....

I saw this earlier today....

Major kudos to the good folk at Juneau International Airport for their sense of humor in conveying an important message...

Coyote Warning
br.ifunny.co

I had a good laugh as I read the entire sign.

:D

I now return you to the topic of this thread....


#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-04 12:26 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

One more comment on this...

Yes, that Wile E. Coyote airport sign is real (2019)
www.juneauempire.com

... Scott Rinkenberger installed a sign near the airport looking to both keep people safe and to make them laugh.

Now, the Juneau International Airport is getting calls every day asking about the sign.

"I've kind of created a little bit of a monster," Rinkenberger, the airport superintendent, said in an interview Wednesday.

The sign warns people about coyotes in the area of the Emergency Vehicle Access Road (EVAR), which is also a popular hiking and nature viewing area.

While the sign tells people not to get too close to coyotes and not to feed them, it also gives a few not-so-serious attributes of coyotes: carrying a box marked "ACME," being in possession of a catapult or dropping an anvil from a hot air balloon, for example. ...




#16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-04 12:38 AM | Reply

I Like 'Em Big and Stupid (1984)
www.youtube.com

Lyrics excerpt...

genius.com

...
When I need something to help me unwind
I find a six-foot baby with a one-track mind

Smart guys are nowhere, they make demands
Give me a moron with talented hands

I go bar-hopping and they say "last call"
I start shopping for a Neanderthal
...




#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-04 01:23 AM | Reply

Mussolini had his "black shirt" thugs enforcing his will against anyone opposed to Mussolini's fascist ideology. A few years later, Hitler had his "brown shirt" thugs who were even better organized to promote Hitler's hateful fascist Nazi ideology. Today, Trump has the "proud boys", thugs, who like Mussolini' and Hitler's, are driven by a right-wing nationalistic ideology and a charismatic narcissist who will lie, cheat and steal and invoke strength through violent intolerance.

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#19 | Posted by sirob at 2024-06-04 07:18 AM | Reply

There will be a quite a few more "Ashli Babbitts" next time they try anything.
I think it's called "thinning of the herd".

#14 | Posted by a_monson at 2024-06-04 12:08 AM | Reply | Flag

Then we will have to hear the righturds crying about how they were doing nothing wrong when they got their dirt nap.

My prediction is that nothing like what happened on J6 will happen again because 1) the feds will be over prepared this time and 2) they're a bunch of ------- that now see real life consequences of "ufcking around". Sure they might be a few really dumb bunnies in the crowd that will try something but it will never be anywhere like it was. You can bet the FBI knows who these ----- are and is watching them very closely.

#20 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-06-04 12:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Lock them up.

#21 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2024-06-04 01:31 PM | Reply

So, who is going to step up and declare theirself the leader of Proud Boys?

#11 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

Seems like just the spot for Boaz.

#22 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2024-06-04 03:39 PM | Reply

Seems like there's a typo in the headline-shouldn't it read "Rally Behind Bars?"

#23 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2024-06-04 06:06 PM | Reply

Nerve gas their compound. Take away their guns and military toys.
Then lock them up...

#24 | Posted by earthmuse at 2024-06-05 10:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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