Far-right fanboys are trying to organize street gangs — and the most effective way to fight back may be mockery.
Kyle Chapman – known to his fans on the alt-right as ‘Based Stickman’ for beating a leftist protester with a wooden stick at an early March pro-Trump protest in Berkeley California – wants people to think he’s tough.
In late April Chapman announced on Facebook his creation of a new group of right-wing street fighters called the Fraternal Order of Alt-Knights (or FOAK) – dedicated to ‘defense and confrontation’ in the streets.
You could almost hear the chest-thumping right through the computer screen.‘This organization is for those that possess the Warrior Spirit’ Chapman wrote.‘The weak or timid need not apply’.
A few days after that the Proud Boys network – a group that Vice co-founder and former Fox News contributor Gavin McInnes calls a ‘pro-West fraternal organization’ posted a notice about the formation of the alt-knights’ order and a call for ‘strong minded men’ who are ‘comfortable in fisticuffs’ to join.
I reached out to Chapman in hopes of seeing his ‘warrior spirit’ for myself.
Alas I ended up disappointed.