Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says Proud Boys could be added to list of terrorist organizations

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      A Trump-loving group in the United States is now under scrutiny by the Canadian government.

      On CTV Question Period today, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said that the Proud Boys and other groups like it could be added to the list of government's list of terrorist organizations.

      "They're all hateful, they're all dangerous,” Blair said on the program. “We're working very diligently to ensure that where the evidence is available, where we have the intelligence, that we’ll deal appropriately with those organizations.” 

      The far-right Proud Boys were founded by a Canadian, Gavin McInnes, who was also a cofounder of Vice magazine.

      Members of the group have been involved in street battles against anti-Trump demonstrators in Portland in recent months.

      The leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, was arrested in Washington, D.C. earlier this month on allegations that he burned a Black Lives Matter flag.

      The group maintains that men and western culture are being persecuted.

      In 2018, Twitter suspended accounts linked to the organization, according to BuzzFeed News. The group has also been banned from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

      On January 6, Proud Boys members were among those who stormed the U.S. Capitol.

      One of the more peculiar aspects of the Proud Boys is their initiation ceremony.

      A prospective member declares that he's a western chauvinist who refuses to apologize for creating the modern world. Then he's repeatedly punched in the stomach as he announces the names of breakfast cereals.

      CBC broadcast this video about the Proud Boys in 2017.

      Meanwhile, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has accused President Donald Trump of inciting the rioters.

      Some Republicans have distanced themselves from Trump, including Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski and two recently resigned cabinet secretaries, Betsy DeVos and Elaine Chao.

      In addition, the State Department's top arms-control expert, assistant secretary Christopher Ford, has quit, saying he could not serve in an administration "in which some are willing to condone, or even to incite, violent insurrection against the country".

      His former boss Mike Pompeo, however, is remaining steadfastly in Trump's corner.