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EXCLUSIVE: The Proud Boys extremist gang says it’s a “drinking club,” and sues those who suggest otherwise.

Leaked private chat logs reveal they spend months plotting violence for rallies. Weapons, cops, tactics, optics -- their attacks are planned.

In leaked chats, Proud Boys discuss what weapons they want to kill "commies" with, which cops are sympathetic, and how they’ll “bait” protesters into throwing the first punch so that they can claim self-defense. Then they diffuse, because they know what they're doing is bad.
Alan Swinney, a Proud Boy and this event's organizer, confirmed these chats' authenticity to me personally, and even agreed with the "smashing commies" sentiment therein.
The Proud Boys' days of thinly veiling their street fights as pro-Trump or free speech rallies are over. These chat logs end that charade, once and for all. huffpost.com/entry/proud-bo…
The screenshots in the story are, of course, not all of the ones I reviewed. There are more Proud Boys chats leading up to the failed rally on April 6. Lots more.
Part of the reason the premeditation bit is so important is that the Proud Boys say they're filing a defamation suit against SPLC for labeling them as anything other than a "drinking club." Gavin McInnes did the same. I've never seen them drink, but I've seen them fight.
The Proud Boys have released a statement declaring that Alan Swinney is "full of shit" and not a Proud Boy. Weird! He merely led a chat of Proud Boys, organized a Proud Boy rally with a bunch of Proud Boys, reps the Proud Boys brand while rallying alongside Proud Boys, for years.
In any case, I don't know that this is the point they want to defend themselves from -- Swinney is one of the only guys in the Proud Boys chat telling others to stop implicating themselves
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