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Gavin McInnes Sues SPLC

Posted on | February 4, 2019 | No Comments

 

This is a very important development:

Conservative commentator and Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes is reportedly suing the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for “defaming” him, publishing “false, damaging and defamatory statements,” and attempting to “deplatform” him.
McInnes’ lawyer, Ron Coleman, published the full complaint online, Monday. McInnes is raising money for the legal fight at defendgavin.com.
“Mr. McInnes, his associates and his family have been successfully targeted for personal and professional destruction by a self-appointed enforcer of such orthodoxy, defendant SPLC, to achieve SPLC’s own ideological, political and financial (i.e., fundraising) ends, as alleged further below,” the complaint alleged. “As also detailed below, the primary method SPLC uses to achieve its goals and those of its donors is by identifying activists, political figures and groups as targets or enemies of society and designating its enemies ‘extremists,’ ‘white supremacists,’ ‘hate groups’ and the like… Although the SPLC Hate Designations are not empirical statements of fact, and are frequently entirely counter-factual, the SPLC Hate Designations are nonetheless intended by SPLC and treated by the mainstream press, law enforcement, courts and social media organizations not as SPLC’s opinion but rather as objective, empirical factual determinations.” . . .
Last year, it was revealed that at least 60 groups were considering legal action against the SPLC following anti-extremist activist Maajid Nawaz’s successful lawsuit against the organization.
The SPLC paid Nawaz a $3.3 million settlement and made a public apology after the organization included him in a list of “anti-Muslim extremists,” despite Nawaz being Muslim himself.
In June, a Washington Post columnist claimed the SPLC had lost “all integrity and credibility.”
Amazon, Google, Facebook, Spotify, and Twitter all reportedly work with the SPLC, and the organization even works with YouTube to police the platform.
The SPLC has received millions of dollars in donations from Apple CEO Tim Cook and Hollywood actor George Clooney.

You should read the entire complaint online, as McGinnes’s legal team go point-by-point in explaining how the SPLC’s “hate” label is being used to silence conservative voices. When McGinnes started Proud Boys, it was basically a social thing — meet-ups for fans of his podcasts — but then the media started paying attention, Trump got elected, and “Antifa” started harassing the Proud Boys. Last year, SPLC evidently decided to target McInnes for destruction, and this lawsuit is about his refusal to be destroyed. Keep in mind, SPLC is also being sued by Baltimore attorney Glen Keith Allen, and many other organizations are said to be contemplating their own lawsuits. Whatever the ultimate outcome of these suits, they are valuable in that (a) the SPLC is forced onto the defensive, and (b) if the lawsuits get to the discovery phase, we could learn a lot about the internal workings of their billion-dollar smear machine. The fact that SPLC was willing to pay $3.3 million to Nawaz shows how much they fear what might be revealed in discovery.

You can click here to donate to DefendGavin.com — as of 8 p.m. ET, they’d raised about $12,000, including $10 from me.

 

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