The Huffington Post reports:
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes has quit the group one day after it was revealed the FBI considers the neo-fascist gang to be an “extremist” group. McInnes, who co-founded Vice before leaving the media company in 2008, made the announcement in a 36-minute video posted Wednesday on YouTube.
“As of today, Nov. 21, 2018, I am officially disassociating myself from the Proud Boys, in all capacities, forever. I quit,” he said. McInnes said his reasons for leaving the group are connected with an incident that took place last month after he spoke at the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan.
McInnes called the Proud Boys “the greatest fraternal organization in the world” and said that he felt sorry to leave the group.
But, McInnes said, he had been advised that if he quit the Proud Boys, prosecutors might go lighter on the group of Proud Boys members who were arrested after a brawl in New York City last month, fater McInnes gave a talk at the Metropolitan Club on the Upper East Side.
Nine members of the Proud Boys were arrested after a fight broke out between the Proud Boys and a group of Antifa members who were on the scene to protest McInnes’s talk. McInnes said he’d been advised that, if he left the group, the nine arrested men might have an easier time.
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) November 22, 2018