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Proud Boys leader reduced to selling BLM and anti-Trump shirts to make ends meet

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Enrique Tarrio, a leader of far-right group The Proud Boys, is now so desperate for money that he’s been reduced to selling “Black Lives Matter” and “Impeach 45″ clothing in what Huffington Post calls “a dig at his hero Donald Trump.”

via Twitter

Tarrio and other Proud Boys leaders as well as members of the equally right-wing extremist group Oath Keepers have been hurting financially since mainstream social media sites banned them, and their access to credit cards and online payments for their hate speech and violent rhetoric.  Dozens of both groups have been arrested in connection to the January 6 violence at the U.S. Capitol.

The situation is causing dissension among the groups and slowing their recruitment of new members.

“Proud Boys in Pittsboro (2019 Oct)” by Anthony Crider is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Tarrio, once an FBI informant, told the Wall Street Journal that he has been selling progressive themed items in a “kind of jujutsu strategy to get by.”  He would not reveal the name of his e-commerce site for that activity, but a reporter for the WSJ saw an assistant making Black Lives Matter shirts at his Miami office.

Tarrio is still selling his Proud Boys items at the website called 1776.shop, but it’s on track to make tens of thousands of dollars less than in previous years.

“Proud Boy with Confederates in Pittsboro (2019 Oct)” by Anthony Crider is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Things have gotten so desperate for both the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers that they have reached out to right-wing, hate-mongering, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to help them fundraise through his Infowars empire.

Tarrio explained the desperation:

“We’re bleeding. We’ve been bleeding money since January, like hemorrhaging money.”

“Proud Boys in Pittsboro (2019 Oct)” by Anthony Crider is licensed with CC BY 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

While the 2017 violence in Charlottesville, Virginia is seen as the beginning of the trouble for the groups, January 6, 2021 made things far worse for them, as now the Proud Boys are so desperate that Tarrio has laid off employees and is scrambling to raise funds for rent and legal fees.

A former Proud Boy accused Tarrio of simply trying to make a buck with the entire venture:

“They say they are in it for one thing, but it’s actually just to make money.”

 


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