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FEATURING ARUN GUPTA – The Republican Party in New York has embraced a white supremacist hate group called the Proud Boys. The Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan invited Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes to attend their event. After the event members of the hate group were implicated in a vicious mob-style assault on several people in public in an incident caught on tape.

The New York Police Department is under fire for not stopping the assault. Now, after McInnes boasted about having friends in the department, there are reports that arrests may be coming.

What does it mean for one of the two major political parties in the US to have a local chapter embrace an overt hate group?

Arun Gupta is a regular news correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali. He’s an investigative journalist who has written for dozens of publications including the Washington Post, the Guardian, The Nation, Salon, and Raw Story. He is also author of the forthcoming book, “Bacon as a Weapon of Mass Destruction”.

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