New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Cuomo calls for FBI investigation into Proud Boys after Manhattan beating

October 14, 2018 - 4:22 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is blaming President Donald Trump for a brawl between the Proud Boys and three protesters in Manhattan over the weekend.

While police work to identify those responsible for the fight outside the Republican Club on the Upper East Side, Cuomo is calling for the FBI to investigate the known hate group.

“Authorities must review these videos immediately and make arrests and prosecute as appropriate. Hate cannot and will not be tolerated in New York,” Cuomo said in a statement.

The governor believes the attack was a planned political tactic orchestrated by Trump and the Republican Party to invite the leader of the hate group, Gavin McGinnis,  to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club.

Following the speech Friday night, members of the Proud Boys violently attacked counter protesters just off Park Avenue.

The next day, President Trump campaigned in Kentucky and warned supported that Democrats were trying to bring about “mob rule.”

“The bottom line is that I hold the President responsible for demonizing differences, fanning the flames of racism and division and creating a fire of hatred and violence,” Governor Cuomo said.

The Southern Poverty Law Center characterizes the Proud Boys as a hate group.

Video from Friday shows members of the Proud Boys punching and kicking three protesters, one of whom was on the ground defenseless.