The former member of the Proud Boys describes in detail what is happening in the ranks of the group


Russell Schultz sent a video of the episode to CNN saying the puncher should go to jail. The mood changes a bit for Schultz, a former Proud Boy who was shot in street fights and who often shows up at protests in Portland, Oregon with a huge black flag labeled “F ** K ANTIFA.”

Why do men join the Proud Boys? “Most are just about fighting,” Schultz said. “They want to join a gang. So they can fight the antifa and hurt people who don’t like them and feel justified.”

Schultz, 51, joined the proud boys in the fall of 2017 and left in May 2019. He says he quit, but the proud boys said he was “fired.” His exit should not be construed as the complete stand of the Proud Sons, or a new enlightened state that opposes all political violence. Schultz continues to appear at rallies and continues to be motivated by aversion to antifa. He defends his previous actions with the Proud Boys, including violent threats that are warranted in the fight against the antifa. Or reject them just “for fun.”

The blurred line between the ironic and the sincere is a feature of the new far-right born in the Trump era on the Internet. (Schultz said the word “joke” about three dozen times during an interview with CNN.) It’s harder to hold someone accountable for what they believe in if it’s not clear exactly what they believe. And that allows him to try out a person with a safety valve so he can later tell you it was all fake.
A flyer that warns Russell Schultz and the proud boys.  CNN blurred this image to protect an individual’s personal information.

Personally, Schultz is gentle mannered and polite. Threatening in old Proud Boys videos. Now he says he only emulated promotional videos for professional wrestlers.

In 2017, Schultz was at a free speech meeting with the Patriot Prayer. “Every (sudden) fight breaks out everywhere, and here come these guys traversing the field in black and yellow striped T-shirts,” Schultz said. “And to me, it just looked like something from the ‘Brave Heart.’

They were the Proud Boys. The “first degree” of Proud Boys membership is to declare that you are one of what Schultz did later. The second degree must be struck while saying the names of five breakfast cereals, which he did.

“It was just a joke. No one hits hard,” Schultz says. “The five-morning muesli is a joke that supposedly mimics beating the gang. You know, it’s just a fake, a parody, but it went too far.”

Here’s another supposed joke: A former member of the Telegram encrypted messaging app recently said he was staging a coup so the Proud Boys would no longer capitulate on the left: “We note that the West was built by the White Race alone and we belong to no other race “There was no coup, according to Enrique Tarrio, president of Proud Boys. Then both sides said they were just kidding.

New wings and social media are swarming

Schultz is Jewish and says he voted for Obama twice before voting for Trump twice. He liked the proud Boys joking and drinking. But he began to notice some patterns among those who joined. “They join the group now because it gives them a sense of belonging. They have an inner human side that they want to be but are afraid to be.

“Men who have never had a wing,” he says. “They’re afraid to tell what’s going on in their heads because they’re afraid to quarrel. But if there’s the guy or a group behind them, they’re more likely to say what they think because they think someone’s back.” The proud boys are the vehicle that attracts these people and welcomes them. ”

Russell Schultz at a right-wing event in Portland in September 2020.

Schultz’s presence on the screen in fragments of the presence of social media left behind in the days of the Proud Boys (Facebook and Instagram were fired) suggests that he found the trust quite outspoken.

Called the “Jesus Party March,” in December 2018, Schultz posted a video warning the antifat not to disturb him. In part, it says:

“At the last demonstration, I almost ran over you in a car and I didn’t feel a little bad. You’re lucky I didn’t kill you because I wouldn’t feel remorse. …

“You shoot feces – I can’t prove it – you can’t prove you didn’t put something in it like HIV. …

“I’m going to shoot you. And here’s the best part of the chance, I still have a chance to fight for my freedom in court. You have no chance to fight for your freedom because King f * or * is dead. See: I’ll shoot you in the chest or in your head. Middle crowd …

“It may be in your best interest not to show up with HIV-infected feces, whatever it is, and live, live to see what we’re planning for 2019. Because if you shoot us with feces, chances are you won’t survive 2019. -et. “

When, according to CNN, these seemed like violent threats, Schultz defended them. “These are violent threats, and for good reason,” he said. “Antifa said they would come over and start throwing urine and feces at us. And I said, ‘Okay, if you do that, it’s a threat.’ “I don’t know if he’s infected with AIDS. And I made that threat so they wouldn’t cross. And they didn’t come over. So, I succeeded.”

He was highlighted by anti-fascist opponents

CNN contacted the Port City anti-fascist group, Rose City Antifat, for these allegations. “No one in our organization has threatened to throw a cock at the Jesus thing. … The Rose City Antifa never put AIDS in the poop. I’m not sure how one would do that.”

This video was actually downloaded and published by Rose City Antifa, which has been following Schultz for years. While public protests receive the most attention, most anti-fascists – and Schultz agrees – are online. They research and document far-right activists they consider fascists and make this information public. This emerging document is called doxx – which may be a collection of simple biographical details, but often functions as a kind of indictment, listing specific acts of racial racism or hatred of women, as well as associations considered other fascist people.

In Schultz’s case, flyers were made about him and placed in his neighborhood and local bar. “Violent right-to-right organizer in your area,” reads the flyer’s title bar.

“He was just one of the buddies in the crowd at the rallies,” explained A., an Rose City Antifa activist who wouldn’t give a full name. (The vast majority of anti-fascist activists are anonymous, they say, for fear of far-right violence.) “But outside of this context, it’s much louder, especially in social media.” Schultz’s presence on social media was one of the most memorable things about him, A. said, as he was specifically threatening.
Participants will listen to performers at the Proud Boys demonstration on September 26, 2020 in Delta Park, Portland, Oregon.

According to Schultz A., “this is the ‘I’m an operator’ mindset that older right-wing men have. They are very immersed in the idea (that) it’s similar to their war – and they think it over and try to get into the minds of the opposition.” It’s “very Rambo-y but it also descends into a misogynistic and creeping mood by listing all the horrible things they will do to you.

Rose City’s Antifa Schultz doxx includes one of his old Facebook posts, which reads, “Feminism only works if there are guys who are willing to give F ** K.” Schultz said it was just a joke, just a troll.

In fact, he was famous for “trolling well,” and he said things that would dislike the antifa, Schultz said. Like what? “As you just mentioned, women only have power as long as there are men who are willing – you know – that comes from me, my two beautiful daughters, you know, it’s the opposite of my whole life.”

He explained all his previous comments by saying, “anything I’ve ever done was kindling to (antifa) see and react to it.”

He says he wanted more antifa activists to show up at right-wing rallies – not because of the street, but because of the major media battle.

“I’m not forcing them to commit violence. I’m tempting them to show up in sufficient numbers. Because when they see enough people in the black block, people get scared,” Schultz said, citing his activist tactics of wearing black clothes. and face masks to avoid identification. “People who don’t take part (in protests) and don’t think about it – they see that these people look like ISIS.”

Consequences of an abandoned joke

A., an employee of Rose City Antifa, said they watched the videos Schultz and his colleagues made to assess how many will be at their meetings and what their emotional state will be. It was noted when a far-right activist handed over a little more operational detail than it should have.

“I think a lot of people assume that the purpose of doxing is to keep the Nazis from being Nazis anymore, convincing them of the flaws in their ideology,” A. said. There are other organizations that help deradicalize people. The main goal, A. said, is to provide community resources for people who are directly affected by activists like Schultz, and “then there are clear obstacles to continued organization.”

Before speaking to CNN, A. said Rose City Antifa had gone through their old doxas. They are considered successful, especially for the less prominent activists they target. “The older and slightly more marginal types – they don’t really come into being anymore.”

Schultz said he left the Proud Boys in 2019 for some reason. One, the men who wanted to step into the ranks of the leadership, took it too seriously, he says. They pursued a more formalized national hierarchy, Schultz says, believing this would result in more intense scrutiny by law enforcement and journalists. – and worried that if a member commits a crime, they could all be responsible for it. Schultz also felt that one of her daughters was pressuring her to quit, she says.

According to the president of the Proud Boys, Schultz was “fired” for “making himself a complete ass” in videos on social media.

Proud Boys President Enrique Tarrio is posing with a Proud Boys member at a demonstration in Delta Park, Portland, Oregon, on September 26, 2020.

“Despised ex-girlfriends are the worst. As soon as you break up with them, they want to lie to the world and tell you how small your gear is,” Tarrio told CNN, citing Schultz. “Currently, there is no crime in the Proud Boys.”

Asked what Tarrio would say to him, Schultz said, “Oh, he’ll probably talk bullshit about me. I don’t care. … Enrique always distracts me.”

As we watched the video of a man in a Proud Boys t-shirt hitting the woman in Washington, we asked Schultz: He felt he had helped bring the nation in. so far, with his propaganda?

“Yeah. Honestly, I had a role in it. Yet I never supported violence coming out of it.”

In other words, he still says it was just a joke.