The GOP is cleaning house, again. The Sacramento County Republican Party Central Committee has expelled a member after he rejected calls to resign from the committee.
Jeffrey Perrine was asked to resign after he revealed in an interview with The Sacramento Bee that he was a member of the right-wing group, the Proud Boys.
“I’ve been a member, but I’m not a head or an officer of any kind in any organization. Yeah, I’m still with the Proud Boys. I’m just a member. I’m a part of a fraternity,” Perrine told the newspaper.
Perrine was called out for a statement he made in 2018 that went too far. “All the illegals [undocumented immigrants] trying to jump over our border, we should be smashing their heads into the concrete,” he is heard saying in a video taken in Portland, Oregon.
“We have all made mistakes, are we not allowed to grow and move past them? Illegals are not a race of people,” he said, discussing his previous statement.
“I feel the people who call me racist, are really the bigots. They are the ones assuming I am only speaking about Mexicans. I feel all illegal immigration is harmful. I never selected a specific race. I love all races and creeds. It’s all about ideology for me. Not skin color,” he added.
The Sacramento GOP committee voted to expel Perrine on February 17, citing his refusal to resign from the Proud Boys, and stating that his “views and actions” are “categorically inconsistent” with the values of the GOP.
“The Committee took this action very seriously. We had to give consideration to the impact of Mr. Perrine’s behavior on our Party during a volatile time in our country’s history,” Committee Chair Betsy Mahan said in a statement.
“Mr. Perrine’s beliefs, actions, and public statements are woefully out of touch with true conservative values and were a slap in the face to Republicans everywhere who are deeply embedded in their communities. I’m proud the committee took the necessary action to remove this individual,” the Committee’s Treasurer, Micah Grant, added.
It seems that the Republican Party has begun to adopt the left’s cancel culture ideals, which center around a lack of forgiveness, a refusal to believe that people can change, and a refusal to allow second chances. Perrine’s 2018 comments were abhorrent, but in no way reflect the views of the Proud Boys organization as a whole. If the Sacramento GOP wants to expel him for his comments, that would at least make sense, but expelling him for being a member of the Proud Boys is just falling for the left’s lies.
Lies About The Proud Boys
The group, which began as a joke by conservative comedian Gavin McInnes, has been demonized by the left to the point where even conservatives believe the lies that have been spread.
The left has referred to the group as racist, despite the fact that its leader, Enrique Tarrio, is Cuban and African-American. The lies about the group have become so prevalent that Wikipedia states: “Tarrio is the chairman of the Proud Boys, a far-right, neo-fascist, and male-only white nationalist organization that promotes and engages in political violence in the United States.” It is unbelievably dishonest that they don’t have to justify saying that a black/hispanic man runs a white nationalist organization.
Though there have been instances of individual group members espousing bigoted views, the group overall is very inclusive of men from all walks of life.
The Chief of the Proud Boys Salt Lake Utah Chapter pointed out in a press conference that the group removes anyone who supports white supremacy, stating: “I will go out and say that the Proud Boys as a whole, I will say this on behalf of the entire national organization, denounce white supremacy. We are in no way, shape, or form, white supremacist. We have a vetting system that just gets those guys out of our hair.”
“I will go out and say that the #ProudBoys as a whole, I will say this on behalf of the entire national organization, denounce white supremacy." – Thad, Chief of the Proud Boys Salt Lake Utah Chapter pic.twitter.com/WGlUEx3jeF
— 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐞𝐞 (@brian_schnee) October 1, 2020
What the Group ACTUALLY Believes
The group describes themselves as “Western Chauvinists”, and their website states: “If you are a man and you know that the west is the best, then you can join The Proud Boys. Some chapters have minimum age requirements and some vetting you’ll have to go through but if you’re a western chauvinist, we’ll get you in.”
According to their website, which has since been taken down, the “core tenets” of the group are:
- Minimal Government
- Maximum Freedom
- Anti-Political Correctness
- Anti-Drug War
- Closed Borders
- Anti-Racial Guilt
- Pro-Free Speech (1st Amendment)
- Pro-Gun Rights (2nd Amendment)
- Glorifying the Entrepreneur
- Venerating the Housewife
- Reinstating a Spirit of Western Chauvinism
There is nothing on this list that makes the group itself bigoted in any way. If the Republican Party would grow a spine, they could see that.