According to several reports, Larchmont resident and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes wants people in town to take down yard signs that he reportedly believes target both him and the far-right group he founded.
Today I passed by your house, and the homes of many of our other neighbors in Larchmont, and was struck by the “Hate Has No Home Here” sign on your lawn. As an immigrant and the head of a multi-racial family that has made this special village our home recently, I wanted you to know just what your statement of principle and courage means to me – because I know more than a little bit about [sic] you’re responding to.
“McInnes, the founder of the violent, misogynistic street gang known as the Proud Boys, found a safe space in Larchmont, a quaint, upscale village in Westchester County,” writes a reporter for HuffPo.
“The beautiful waterside community just north of the big city insulates McInnes’ wife and three young children from his daily life as an extremist gang leader who incites violence and espouses hate on any social media platform that’ll accept him.”
You may have heard that I am the leader of a hate group called the Proud Boys,” McInnes writes. “Everything about that rumor is false.”
After those attacks, a Larchmont resident suggested the lawn signs as a form of protest against McInnes and the group he created.
Hate certainly has no place here, and like you I am committed to keeping it that way!” McInnes says in his letter.
“If you’re so tolerant, then put up a fucking sign in your yard, too, and stop being so narcissistic as to think that this is all about you,” one resident told the Huffington Post.
On Friday, McInnes used his podcast to address the signage issue.
“If you have that sign on your lawn, you’re a fucking retard,” McInnes said.