Portland Proud Boy Arrested On Gun Charges Hours After Trump Dogwhistle
The first Presidential Debate Tuesday night was one for the record books, and not for any good reasons. Trump’s rude performance underscored his lack of preparation and knowledge, he constantly interrupted moderator Chris Wallace and never let Joe Biden finish a sentence. Aside from lying about being endorsed by the sheriff of Portland, Oregon, Trump refused to take the opportunity to denounce white supremacy when asked. And then Trump doubled down by sending out a message to a special subsection of his fanbase, the Proud Boys.
When given the opportunity to publicly separate himself from the Proud Boys and other fringe groups, Trump instead signaled the group founded by Gavin McInnes, who once recorded a video titled “10 Things I Hate About the Jews”.
ANYONE WHO VOTES FOR
DONALD TRUMP IS A RACIST.
— kirk Acevedo🇺🇸 (@kirkacevedo) September 30, 2020
Almost immediately, the Proud Boys took up Trump’s call as their new motto.
Trump told the Proud Boys to "stand by" and it looks like they were watching pic.twitter.com/adkewY7ETR
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) September 30, 2020
It didn’t take too much longer for a real live Proud Boy to take up the call. Alan Swinney, 50, was charged in Portland, Oregon, with multiple counts of assault, along with pointing a firearm at another, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful use of tear gas and remains held at the Multnomah County Jail. Swinney was already known to Portland Police, stemming from an August incident where he was photographed and recorded on video pointing a revolver at anti-fascist protesters outside the Multnomah County Justice Center.
Swinney sports a “PROUD BOY” tattoo on his arm and was a promoter of a Proud Boys rally last weekend in Portland. However, the group is maintaining that he is not an official member.
This morning, authorities in Portland arrested Proud Boys member Alan Swinney. He faces a dozen charges, including assault, unlawful use of weapon, and menacing. pic.twitter.com/YA0HmcPENK
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) September 30, 2020