Proud Boys members are spiraling into chaos as leaders are sentenced to prison for years.
Proud Boys members are in chaos after their leaders, Joseph Biggs and Zachary Rehl, were sentenced to 17 years and 15 years respectively for seditious conspiracy and other crimes that were committed during the riot two years ago. Longtime leader, Enrique Tarrio was also sentenced to 22 years in prison.
According to Raw Story, Proud Boys members are spiraling into chaos and are at each others throats as several of their leaders are convicted of seditious conspiracy, as well as their long time leader, Enrique Tarrio, was also sentenced to 22 years in prison.
Anchor Jake Topper asked CNN correspondent Elle Reeve about the current state of the Proud Boys members now that their leaders and other top members are facing serious jail time. Reeve said that there will no more be big national rallies, instead people will see small Proud Boys members protesting drag queens. Reeve stated that this is a big shift from fighting Antifa and it looks like kind of a bid to stay relevant.
Reeve also stated that one of the Proud Boys members called her in great distress saying that he discovered that some of the Proud Boys members have white supremacist tattoos. Reeve also added that the biggest cultural picture is that Proud Boys members pitch themselves a a fun drinking club where everything is a joke, however, these sentences are not a joke, and that kills the appeal.
CNN Correspondent Elle Reeve that a lot of the far-right groups thought that Trump had their backs. One of the Proud Boys members said that he was done peddling lies for people that do not care about him.
According to NPR, two former leaders of the Proud Boys were sentenced 17 years and 15 years respectively for seditious conspiracy and other crimes that were committed two years ago. Judge Timothy Kelly said during his sentencing of former Proud Boys leader Zachary Rehl, that he, former leader Biggs, and other Proud Boys members participated in a national disgrace that contributed to the ruin of the US’ tradition of a peaceful transfer of power.
Both penalties for the leaders are far below the 33 year sentence for Briggs and the 30 years for Rehl sought by prosecutors. Prosecutors wanted to apply a terrorism enhancement which will leader to longer prison terms.
As the first five co-defendants in the Proud Boys January 6th case to be sentenced, the two leaders punishments indicate what penalties the other three members that they were convicted with could be facing.