The Proud Boys is a right-wing group whose members describe themselves as ”Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” They have been called a “hate group” and a dangerous organization of “white supremacist extremists,” all labels that they deny. Joe Biden has called on President Donald Trump to denounce them.
The Proud Boys are often considered the right-wing counterpart to Antifa and other violent left-wing groups. But are they similar as a security threat to the country?
It is quite obvious that the Proud Boys relish nothing more than fighting Antifa. One ex-member has alleged that people join the group to “go fight Antifa and hurt people they don’t like.” Proud Boys leader Joe Biggs interpreted Donald Trump’s call for the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” as a call to “deal with Antifa.” Fights between Proud Boys members and Antifa at pro-Trump protests are now commonplace.
Yet there is little evidence that Proud Boys engage in any other sorts of violence. In contrast, Antifa and other left-wing groups, in addition to brawling with the Proud Boys, have been involved in the arson of police and other government buildings, as well as commercial property, assaulting police officers, setting up illegal “autonomous zones” in various cities, violently shutting down conservative speeches at universities, and even menacing U.S. Senators. Antifa and Black Lives Matter riots over the summer caused over $1 billion in property damage (more than the 1992 L.A. riots caused), and fears of further damage from left-wing protestors led numerous businesses in Washington, D.C. to board their windows before the 2020 election.
In short, while the Proud Boys is a right-wing group that enjoys brawling with leftists, they pose far less of a national security threat than do Antifa and other similar groups.