This far-right activist tried and failed to destroy a rainbow placard protesting fascism
A clip has gone viral of a far-right activist trying and failing to destroy a rainbow anti-fascist placard.
The clip posted to YouTube sees an alleged supporter of extremist group the Proud Boys – which is considered a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center – take issue with a placard protesting fascism.
The man was reportedly attending a Proud Boys rally outside an immigration conference in Seattle when he seized the Pride flag-coloured sign from anti-fascist protesters, which bears the message: “NO! In the name of humanity, we refuse to accept a fascist America.”
Onlookers in the liberal city watched with glee as the man, who was sporting 1980s-chic fingerless gloves, repeatedly tried and failed to break apart the placard to put it in a bin.
A woman heckled him consistently throughout the two-minute video, telling him: “Oh, it’s so hard! You’re so close. The other way? You’ve got to do it again.”
As the man tries folding the placard to help him tear through it, she jokes: “This is a very educated city, there’s a lot of engineers in this city. You could get a lot of help.”
After an excruciating minute, the woman points out that he could simply remove the lid from the bin to fit the placard in, quipping: “You needed a liberal to help you with that? You’re too f**king stupid to work it out on your own?”
After her encouragement the man decided to walk away from the bin still carrying the placard.
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The man has been named by Newsweek as college student Luke James Mahler, who denies he is a “member of Proud Boys” despite his presence at the group’s protest.
On Facebook Mahler wrote of going viral: “At first I was angered, then I realised this guy has nothing better to do than film me destroying a sign. Thank you people for wasting your time watching some random guy try to rip a polyester sign.”
He added: “All of the people who are giving me shit clearly don’t know how laminated materials work.”
Of the Proud Boys, the SPLC notes: “Proud Boys and leaders regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists. They are known for anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric.”
Proud Boys co-founder Gavin McInnes has a history of anti-LGBT rhetoric, describing transgender people as “gender n***ers” and “stupid lunatics.”
He has also claimed that “sexless, depressed, old, chubby dykes control the political narrative” and insists closeted gay men “tend to be sociopaths [who] have a lot of bottled up sexual rage and want revenge on the world.”