Two Proud Boys aren’t looking so proud after assault convictions in New York City
Two members of the proto-fascist, white nationalist, Trump-supporting group known as the Proud Boys were convicted of assault Monday in a Manhattan courtroom. The convictions stem from an Oct. 12 incident, in which members of the Proud Boys attacked purported members of the anti-fascist resistance group Antifa, who were protesting a speech that Proud Boy founder Gavin McInnes delivered to an audience of New York City Republicans.
John Kinsman, 39, and Maxwell Hare, 27, were convicted of multiple offenses, including attempted gang assault and attempted assault. During their trial, their lawyers contended that they had acted in self-defense, as they were allegedly made to fear for their safety by the people who were protesting a simple convening of like-minded individuals.
The October incident received significant attention on social media, and ultimately, 10 alleged members of the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group faced charges—most of whom pleaded out rather than face trial.