Cuomo Blames GOP After Violence After Far-Right Speech

New York AG pushing for investigation into rightwing mob’s attack in Manhattan and looking for witnesses

3 arrested in NYC clashes following speech by leader of far-right Proud Boys group

The NYPD wants to speak to at least three people in connection with a violent clash between members of the "Proud Boys" far-right group and counter-protesters Friday night.

The violence Friday night followed a speech by Gavin McInnes, the founder of the Proud Boys, at the Metropolitan Republican Club.

Footage shot by video journalist Sandi Bachom shows a group of Proud Boys setting upon three anti-fascist protesters on a street on Manhattan's Upper East Side, then beating them on the ground while screaming homophobic slurs. "Hate can not and will not be tolerated in NY".

Journalist Shay Horse tweeted about the fight involving "30 (proud boys) V 3 (randoms)", adding, "It ended with 30 proud boys pummeling a guy on the ground screaming, 'ARE YOU BRAVE NOW FAGGOT?!'"

The Proud Boys even waited to do a group photo after the fights.

The note left at the club did not mention McInnes specifically, but accused Republicans of inviting "a hipster-fascist clown to dance for them, content to revel in their treachery against humanity".

Russo is facing robbery and assault charges. "Not in a Republican Party that is very close to Trump", said Cuomo.

The Republican Club had been vandalized ahead of the speech, with officials saying the damage included smashed windows, a spray-painted door and a keypad lock covered in glue.

Some of McInnes' supporters were heard chanting "I like beer", referencing comments made by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during the United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations. He called the invitation to McInnes a "political tactic because what they're trying to do is fire up their base". Violence of any kind has no place in society, yet the governor - who is charged with ensuring everyone's personal safety and property is protected - only thinks those rights should be afforded to Democrats.

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