A corporate bank has just terminated the account of the chairman of a prominent right-wing organization known as the Proud Boys. Without any reason given, Chase Bank informed Enrique Tarrio that by April 1st, 2019 he must withdraw all funds from his accounts.
The Proud Boys gained notoriety last year after brawling with Antifa during political rallies for which the fraternal organization had legally obtained permits. It was founded in 2016 by Gavin McInnes, who has since left the group but has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center after they designated the Proud Boys as a hate group. The suit claims that McInnes lost business opportunities and access to media platforms.
In October, both Facebook and Instagram banned the Proud Boys and McInnes, due to the label by the SPL.
“By leveraging its remarkable power and influence to deplatform and defund targeted groups and individuals such as Mr. McInnes, SPLC deprives those with which it disagrees of venues in which their points of view may be expressed, of income and ultimately of their most priceless possession, their reputations,’’ the lawsuit says.
Tarrio replaced McInnes as the group’s head and in doing so has made himself a target.
The chairman of the Proud Boys fraternal organization, Enrique Tarrio, has just his personal Chase bank account suddenly shut down.
The bank hasn’t provided a reason as to why they are shutting Tarrio’s accounts, but their letter comes “just days after Chase Bank’s payment processor, Chase Paymentech, de-platformed him on a website he runs that allows groups and charities to sell merchandise, and raise money for causes,” according to Big League Politics.
Tarrio has been facing months of backlash for his affiliation with the Proud Boys, first getting onto the radar in an article published on The Daily Beast, which asserts that people of color are joining white supremacist organizations. Tarrio is both Cuban, and black, and was profiled in that article.
The Proud Boys, despite simply being a fraternal organization that believes in Western culture, have been smeared as a hate group. Gavin McInnes, the group’s founder, is currently suing the SPLC over their hate group label.
Since the Daily Beast article, Tarrio has been facing an onslaught of targeting by both tech companies, and financial services.
He tells Big League Politics he has been banned from the following services, among others:
Speaking to Big League Politics, Tarrio questions why so many major companies feel the need to target him.
“My political views pretty much mirror those of President Donald Trump,” Tarrio says. “But the media, and groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center, smear me trying to tie me, an Afro-Cuban, to ideologies that would force me out of my own country if they went into effect. It’s completely asinine and based completely outside of reality.”
Now that he has lost his bank account, his own life will become much more difficult, as Tarrio explains.
“How am I supposed to get food to feed my family? Are taking the directions of the Governor of Virginia and trying to abort me 34 years after birth,” Tarrio questions. “They are essentially denying my existence, and trying to force me into homelessness, and ultimately death.”
Tarrio believes that unless President Donald Trump steps in, the de-platforming and dehumanizing of conservatives will continue.
“He needs to step in, not only because if he doesn’t he will lose in 2020 with all of his supporters being kicked off social media, but because it’s the right thing to do,” Tarrio finishes.
The Proud Boys identifies itself as a male-only group open to all races, religion and sexual orientations with the requirement that one “love the West.” Although the left has tried to label the Proud Boys as a hate group created by white supremacists, minorities are always seen in great number at their rallies. This has prompted outlets like The Daily Beast to try to explain away this ‘anomaly’ with articles like Why Young Men of Color Are Joining White-Supremacist Groups:
ORTLAND, Oregon—Outfitted in a flak jacket and fighting gloves, Enrique Tarrio was one of dozens of black, Latino, and Asian men who marched alongside white supremacists in Portland on Aug. 4.
Tarrio, who identifies as Afro-Cuban, is president of the Miami chapter of the Proud Boys, who call themselves “Western chauvinists,” and “regularly spout white-nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Last month, prior to the Patriot Prayer rally he attended in Portland, Tarrio was pictured with other far-right activists making a white-power hand sign. Last year, he and other Proud Boys traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, for the Unite the Right rally that ended with a neo-Nazi allegedly killing an anti-fascist protester.
Ridiculousness. The simple truth is that the global elite’s greatest threat are nationalists who love their country and reject globalism. The war is indeed heating up.
Sources: Big League Politics, Daily Beast
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