“We’re at the behest of this bitchy teenager.”
Gavin McInnes, the right-wing media entrepreneur and founder of the Proud Boys, railed against the Southern Poverty Law Center Monday outside the group’s offices in Montgomery, Alabama.
McInnes filed a defamation lawsuit against the left-wing watchdog this week, claiming that it traduced him by designating the Proud Boys — the macho men’s rights brigade from which he disassociated himself in November — as a “violent” hate group, akin to the Ku Klux Klan.
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McInnes is the latest in a series of high-profile names to sue the SPLC for allegedly overstepping. Maajid Nawaz, a British Muslim reformer, in June won a settlement from the group, which saw it repeatedly apologize for including him on its 2016 list of “anti-Muslim extremists” and pay out $3.4 million to his think tank, Quilliam.
Months earlier, the SPLC had nixed the offending registry, which had also included Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an ex-Muslim activist who had to flee the Netherlands due to the abundance of credible death threats issued against her by radical Islamists.
Even liberals have been confounded by the pair’s designation as anti-Muslim, as well as by other recent SPLC moves, like identifying atheist neuroscientist Sam Harris as part of the “alt-right ecosystem.” McInnes was also mention in that analysis.
According to McInnes’ lawsuit, the SPLC has made him “essentially an untouchable, unable to retain or be considered for gainful employment in his line of work.”
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