Van­dals hit GOP

Warn­ing & graf­fiti at Up­per E. Side of­fice

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY EM­I­LIE RUSCOE, KEN­NETH LOVETT AND EL­IZ­A­BETH KEOGH With Jil­lian Jor­gensen

A van­dal sprayed graf­fiti on the GOP’s Man­hat­tan club­house and left a warn­ing note “to put the Repub­li­can Party on no­tice” ahead of a speech by the founder of the “Western chau­vin­ist” group Proud Boys.

Two bright or­ange anar­chy sym­bols were painted on the doors of the Metropoli­tan Repub­li­can Club on the Up­per East Side on Thurs­day night, state party of­fi­cials said. The van­dal or van­dals also broke a win­dow and left be­hind the an­gry note.

The mis­sive railed against Repub­li­can and U.S. gov­ern­ment poli­cies — in­clud­ing what it called “con­cen­tra­tion camps around the coun­try for Latino peo­ple,” the killings of black and Mus­lim peo­ple and mass in­car­cer­a­tion.

‘While these atroc­i­ties per­sist un­abated, the Metropoli­tan Repub­li­can Club chose to in­vite a hip­ster-fas­cist clown to dance for them, con­tent to revel in their treach­ery against hu­man­ity,” it said.

The screed was ap­par­ently aimed at Gavin McInnes, who spoke at the club Fri­day even­ing and who is touted on its web page as the “God­fa­ther of the Hip­ster Move­ment” who “has taken on and ex­posed the Deep State So­cial­ists and stood up for Western Val­ues.”

McInnes, a Cana­dian, is a co-founder of Vice Me­dia and leads the far-right group “Proud Boys,” whose mem­bers have been in­volved in sev­eral phys­i­cal con­flicts with left-wing and anti-fas­cist protesters. The group, which in­sists it is not part of the so­called “alt-right,” is des­ig­nated a hate group by the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter.

About 80 protesters showed up at the club on Fri­day night chant­ing, “No racists, no KKK, no fas­cist USA” and hold­ing signs and ban­ners, in­clud­ing some op­pos­ing white supremacy.

Pro­tester Kelly Mur­phy, 29, of As­to­ria, called McInnes a “white su­prem­a­cist” who “de­spises peo­ple of color.”

Mur­phy down­played the an­ar­chist graf­fiti sprayed on the Repub­li­can club­house. “There’s no way that what they did could have par­al­leled Gavin McInnes’ calls for vi­o­lence,” she said.

Around 50 peo­ple at­tended McInnes’ 7 p.m. talk. Some mocked the protesters as they waited to get in, danc­ing along to their chants.

Aside from a fight af­ter the event be­tween a pro­tester and a Proud Boy and a flare-up be­fore the talk be­tween a man record­ing the protest and a demon­stra­tor, the even­ing was peace­ful.

The note left by the van­dals at the his­toric Repub­li­can club­house also ripped Democrats as “spine­less” part­nersin-crime.

“Our at­tack is merely a be­gin­ning. We are not pas­sive, we are not civil, and we will not apol­o­gize,” the note reads.

“This is an act of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence done by cow­ards in the mid­dle of the night,” state Repub­li­can Chair­man Ed Cox said Fri­day.

SHAWN INGLIMA

An­drea Catisma­tidis, head of the New York Repub­li­can State Com­mit­tee, tells re­porters about graf­fiti (inset) and warn­ing note at Up­per East Side of­fices of Metropoli­tan Repub­li­can Club.

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