The right-wing fraternity group known as the Proud Boys struck a nerve with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after hanging banners, with one declaring him “Fredo,” in locations around New York City.
The Democrat lashed out against the group on Sunday after signs with defiant messages were hung from the Manhattan Bridge and several other highway tunnels in the city. Some of the banners read “no retreat!” and “no surrender” while the “Fredo” sign was hung above the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, the New York Post reported.
(Video: NBC New York)
Chris Cuomo, CNN host and brother of the New York governor, had a explosive reaction in August and threatened to throw a man down the stairs after he called him by the nickname referring to Fredo Corleone, the son of Vito Corleone in “The Godfather.” It was not clear if the Proud Boys sign was now referring to the elder Cuomo by the same name which is seen to be an insult to Italian-Americans on par with a black person being called the N-word.
— Rob Shackleton (@FAFODetroit) November 17, 2019
The governor blasted the pro-free-speech, pro-liberty fraternity on Sunday, vowing an investigation would be launched into the hanging of the banners which reportedly were intended to show solidarity with a jailed member.
Here are pictures of some of the propaganda banners plastered around NYC by the Proud Boys this weekend.
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo says an investigation into the vandalism is ongoing. pic.twitter.com/gqopdkpkW2
— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) November 17, 2019
“New York is not intimidated or threatened by these neo-fascists,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“I have a message for the ‘Bigot Boys’ who skulk around like cowards in the dead of night: when you preach hate and division, New York answers with love and unity. Crawl back into your hole, Bigot Boys — there’s no place for hate in our state,” he said.
The Proud Boys banners found in NYC today have been removed and an investigation is ongoing.
I have a message for the ‘Bigot Boys’ who skulk around like cowards in the dead of night: when you preach hate and division, NY answers with love and unity.
Crawl back into your hole. pic.twitter.com/HgrVWsLSJ1
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) November 17, 2019
The banners were hung after a confrontation between Proud Boys and hundreds of Antifa protesters in Manhattan on Saturday. A rally was planned to protest the sentencing of two Proud Boys members, Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman, to four years each in prison for a fight involving Antifa members during a 2018 brawl near the Metropolitan Republican Club in 2018.
Proud Boys sentenced to 4-years in prison for fight with Antifa; judge blames leader McInnes https://t.co/hg9Nq4bgPu
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 23, 2019
The banner displayed from the Manhattan Bridge, and taken by the New York Police Department following a 911 call, featured a picture of Hare along with the words “smile in the face of tyranny.”
“There is no place for hate or intolerance in New York City, or anywhere,” an NYPD spokesperson said, according to the New York Post.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the group as “an embarrassment to humanity.”
Imagine calling yourselves “proud boys” when you’re an embarrassment to humanity.
Next time you’re on the highway, do us a favor and drive the hell out of town. Your pathetic, hateful stunts have no place in this city. https://t.co/xSDhwh3ITr
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 18, 2019
The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the all-male group a hate group, prompting a defamation lawsuit from Gavin McInnes, who founded the group in 2016.
Cuomo’s attack on the group sparked plenty of reaction on Twitter.
I believe it’s safe to say that with this tweet Gov Cuomo just landed the Proud Boys a guaranteed change of venue for their appeal. Thanks Fredo’s brother! By the way, it’s November. I think you can take the gay pride flag off your profile pic you fucking weirdo. https://t.co/o43tICilRu
— Chadwick Moore (@Chadwick_Moore) November 18, 2019
I just realized that Andrew Cuomo’s comment about the Proud Boys’ banner drops being anti-Italian is because one of the banners called him Fredo, and I kinda feel like as the NY governor he should be more concerned about, say, the banner targeting Jews, than the one mocking him.
— Lirael Lowenstein 🔥 (@lirael_abhorsen) November 17, 2019
But ANTIFA has a place?!
At least the PB let themselves get arrested and took their sentence like MEN… The masked ANTIFA POS are still running around.
— IDoNotKneel (@IDoNotKneel) November 18, 2019
Imagine calling yourself a mayor, or a governor, when your an embarrassment to the people you are supposed to be serving.
Imagine calling yourself an elected servant of the people, sworn to uphold the Constitution, when you are a traitor to your country
— Sal DiNapoli (@sal_dinapoli) November 18, 2019
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