Proud Boys chairman boasts about praise from Trump, talks about taking action regardless of the police – By Jason Campbell (Media Matters) / Oct 13 2020
Tim Pool helps promote the Proud Boys on YouTube
On October 12, the chairman of the extremist group The Proud Boys promoted the group on the YouTube show of Tim Pool. The video thus far has over three hundred thousand views on the platform.
Pool, a self-described journalist, regularly amplifies conspiracy theories and has done numerous videos with white nationalists and far-right extremists. Recently, he amplified a baseless smear against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).
After President Donald Trump called for the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” during the first (and so far only) presidential debate, interest in the group soared. The Proud Boys and other far-right groups cheered Trump’s statement, and Tarrio claimed that recruitment then went “through the roof.” During his appearance on Pool’s show, Tarrio said he was excited about Trump’s comment.
Since its inception, when founder Gavin McInnis said that “we need more violence from the Trump people,” the Proud Boys been at the center of many violent confrontations. Members served as unofficial bodyguards for far-right speakers following Trump’s election. In 2019, two Proud Boys were sentenced to four years in prison for attacking protesters at a speech. Tarrio himself has encouraged members to bring bear mace with them to demonstrations.