Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Moms For Liberty deny affiliation with extremist hate group The Proud Boys, but pictures and links tell another story

Moms for Liberty members recently took a picture with hate group The Proud Boys while flashing white power signs. 

A week after its most deserving electoral embarrassment, hate group Moms For Liberty is now embroiled in another embarrassment. 

From The Cincinnati Enquirer:

 Moms for Liberty said Tuesday it is not affiliated with the far-right Proud Boys and has removed two chapter leaders from their posts for demonstrating "a lack of judgement and misalignment with our core values." The organization, best known for endorsing culture war candidates in local school board elections, did not name the chapter leaders who were removed. However, the websites for chapters in Boone and Campbell counties no longer show the names and headshots for leaders as of Tuesday afternoon. 

 The two chapter leaders, Karen Strayer and Mirna Eads, were photographed with the Appalachian Proud Boys at a rally in Frankfort. The Protect the Children rally Nov. 4 was part of a nationwide demonstration calling for stricter laws for child sex trafficking, public indecency around children, drag queen story times, and critical race theory. 

 The Enquirer provided some history about The Proud Boys: 

 The Proud Boys is an international extremist hate group whose members often wear black and yellow clothing. The Anti-Defamation League describes them as "misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and anti-immigration." They've also been linked to white supremacist and antisemitic movements. Most notably, its members participated in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building in Washington D.C. in 2021, leading to four of its members being convicted of seditious conspiracy. Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, former national chairman of the Proud Boys, was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison. 

 Earlier on Tuesday, Moms for Liberty sent out the following Twitter statement denying affiliation with the Proud Boys:

However, several responses claimed that Moms For Liberty did in fact affiliate itself with the Proud Boys on several occasions. And they provided links to back up these assertions:

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