Mixed Martial Arts pioneer Tara LaRosa was among the noteworthy faces spotted alongside high-ranking members of the reactionary Proud Boys group at Saturday’s “Million MAGA March” and occurring violence.
LaRosa, who holds a 22 -5 expert MMA record, appeared on video hugging Enrique Tarrio, the Proud Boys “chairman” who succeeded founder Gavin McInnes as leader of the extremist group. He attended the neo-Nazi and white supremacist ‘Unify the Right’ rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and has actually been envisioned flashing the OKAY hand indication— a gesture utilized by some to denote white power.
Throughout the video recording, Tarrio discussed that he had just stolen a walkie-talkie from someone he had actually assaulted, while fellow Proud Boy members chuckled along.
Appears Like Proud Young Boy Leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio belonged of the fighting in DC last night. Here he is after getting a hug from Tara LaRosa saying that he took a radio off somebody he was fighting. A founded guilty felon must understand that’s theft. pic.twitter.com/C6E7selh7z
— Idavox (@IdavoxOPP) November 15, 2020
The recording happened amidst clashes in between Trump advocates opposing the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and counter protestors. At least 20 individuals were reportedly jailed. Among the most popular groups participating in the violence were the Proud Boys, who can be heard yelling “fuck you, ANTIFA” as they assaulted counter protestors.
LaRosa later on posted pictures on social media of her dressed in a yellow sweatshirt emblazoned with the Proud Boys logo, along with a blue bandanna, while flashing the white power hand gesture. One photo caption read: “Yo Antifa … I’m at the Washington Monolith … come get me” Another image showed her flashing the white power sign again while standing alongside a member of the Proud Boys.
Somebody looking exactly like LaRosa and worn the same attire could be seen in one of the videos participating the attacks. She appears to drag someone to the ground and can be seen tossing punches as Proud Boys members swarmed a group of counter protestors.
This was Washington DC last night as the Proud Boys showed up and assaulted us. What I state was happy young boys mob beating people on the ground throwing glass bottles hitting somebody next to me, and chasing people. A number of folks were stabbed. One remains in crucial condition. pic.twitter.com/BMJ84 kZoY7
— Wayward.streamer (@StreamerWayward) November 15, 2020
LaRosa, 42, has actually long been a supporter of the Proud Boys. She when tweeted a phony list of anti-fascist activists and organizers ahead of a Proud Boys rally in Portland. The list, which was developed on 8chan– a chat and forum website that has been linked to white supremacists and domestic terrorists and where such groups have actually reportedly uploaded their manifestos– is actually a list of people who signed an anti-Trump petition from refusefacism.org.
Then, during a 2019 demonstration in Portland, Oregon, LaRosa pinned a demonstrator on the ground in an effort to restrain her. LaRosa later claimed that the lady she pinned down approached her and screamed, “Fuck Proud Boys,” after which a fight broke out.