The Antifa group has made its mark on the alt-right, an anti-government and anti-immigration movement that often has violent tactics and has often drawn criticism for its tactics.
But for Antifa, the most prominent member of the group known as the Proud Boys, that reputation has also meant being a fellow traveler at alt-left events.
The Proud Boys have held meetings with the alt right in San Francisco, New York City, and Washington, D.C. They have also participated in marches and protests against the Trump administration and have been photographed with white supremacist Jared Taylor and other alt-righters.
This weekend, the Proud Boy group attended a rally with the “alt-right” at which white supremacist Richard Spencer and the group of white supremacists from the Proudboys chanted anti-Semitic slogans and chanted “Jews will not replace us.”
At the same time, the group also held its own rally with “alt right” speakers and activists in Washington, DC.
Antifa has often been known to have violent tactics, as well.
In August 2017, the National Socialist Movement, an offshoot of Antifa that has its roots in the alt left, held a “peaceful” rally in Berkeley, California, where a woman was attacked by members of Antifas.
“We’ve always said that when we get a group of fascists, it’s like a fire,” said Michael Hill, a member of NSM and one of the people who spoke at the event.
“They’re going to try to make it look like it’s peaceful.
We’re going in there with a gun.
But they’re not.
We don’t care about the gun.
We care about our brothers.”
In a series of tweets, Hill said that the NSM had been invited to speak at the alt nationalist event, but that they decided not to go, citing concerns about safety.
“The alt right wants to create a safe space for white supremacists to gather and speak,” Hill wrote.
“But we will not let them.”
“We will not allow them to intimidate or threaten us with violence or the use of firearms,” he added.
“In fact, we will be holding our own peaceful rally to oppose them and counter their fascist agenda.
We will not be intimidated.”
The Proud Boy Group has previously held a rally in D.A.R.E. in New York, which the group said was a show of support for the alt Right.
“This is not about Antifa,” said Ryan Baca, a Proud Boy member who works with the group and who was at the rally.
“It’s about the antifascists standing up for the oppressed.
The alt-reich is not the alt.
They’re the white supremacists.
They hate everyone.
They don’t like us, and they’re willing to do anything to stop us.”
Baca said that during the march, Antifa and Proud Boys attended a “protest against the alt.”
“The group did an excellent job of being part of the rally, and were there for the women who were assaulted,” he said.
“There was an amazing demonstration of solidarity and strength by the alt reich.”
The group also has ties to the Proud Kids, a neo-Nazi group that is considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be a hate group because of its membership and violent rhetoric.
In an interview with the New York Times, Baca described the group as a “proud white boy group.”
“They have a lot of connections to the alt lite,” he explained.
“Proud Boys have a history of violence and violence against people of color, and I don’t know of any other group that has as much of a history.”
The Antifascist Alliance, the alt white nationalist group, has also seen a rise in membership and activity since the election of President Donald Trump.
The group’s leadership has been criticized for organizing antifascist rallies and demonstrations, and in recent years has been accused of using “antifa tactics” that include violence.
“Antifa is a fascist group that will fight for free speech, not to say they are fighting for democracy,” tweeted Andrew Anglin, who runs the far-right news site Stormfront.
“You’d expect them to be the people that would stand up against Trump, but they are working for Trump and supporting him.
This is not what antifa stands for.
The real Antifa are the real Antifascist.”
The Southern Poverty Project, which tracks hate groups and violent extremism, said in a report that the Southern Antifacist Action Network, the largest neo-fascist group, was founded in 2007.
In 2015, the SPLC reported that Antifa “is the third most prominent neo-fascism and white supremacy organization in the United States.”
“Antifascism is a racist ideology that aims