Coalition Forms to Protect Free Speech and Trump Supporters; Slandered as Neo-Nazis
Conservatives Unite to Fight
As violence against conservatives by various leftist groups has become more and more common, Kyle Chapman (also known as "Based Stick Man") and like-minded individuals have founded the "Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (FOAK)" in response.
The FOAK, Chapman says, will coordinate with Gavin McInnes' "The Proud Boys", a self-proclaimed "pro-West fraternal organization". Chapman referred to the FOAK as the "tactical defensive arm" of The Proud Boys. Regarding the possibility of conflict with opposing political groups, Chapman did not shy away from the issue, saying "We don't fear the fight, we are the fight," and that “Our emphasis will be on street activism, preparation, defense and confrontation,”: "We will protect and defend our right wing brethren when the police and government fail to do so.”
The Subsequent Backlash From the Media
In a response to this newly-founded alliance, Counter Current News has condemned the FOAK. Counter Current News, in an article hosted on their website, labeled the FOAK as a militant gang looking for combat in the name of neo-nazism and white power to "intimidate and fight those with differing ideology" and labeled them an "abusive" group. Counter Current News also referred to McInnes as a "neo-masculine reactionary".
The Evidence of "neo-Nazism" and Racism?
Based on the stated mission statement of the FOAK and the statements made by Chapman and McInnes, there seems to be no evidence that the FOAK or The Proud Boys are a racist or neo-Nazi organization. Neither have stated that non-white individuals would be excluded from joining the alliance, only those that would shy away from a physical conflict.
The only reported prerequisites to join the FOAK is preparedness for violence. Chapman stated that the FOAK “is for those that possess the Warrior Spirit. The weak or timid need not apply.” None of these traits are exclusive to any race, ethnicity or creed.
Violence Against Conservatives is a Known-Fact, Though...
Conservative groups and rallies have frequently been the target of violent protests and riots though. Several conservative events, hosted by the likes of Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, Martin Shkreli (among others) have been disrupted by or forced to shut down in response to violence committed by groups like Antifa and Black Bloc.
These groups, in their efforts, have caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage, frequently wield weapons such as fireworks, Molotov cocktails, and pepper spray against their political opposition and have used intimidation to dissuade people who think differently from them from expressing their views and ideas.
Conservative Woman Pepper Sprayed Mid-Interview
It would seem that Chapman, McInnes and associates have been targeted with violence and, when they band together to defend themselves from violence, are criticized as a militant group looking to fight. The irony is palpable and can easily be summed up with one quote...
Do you think the FOAK really is a militant neo-Nazi group?
© 2017 Andrew England