WATCH LIVE: Gavin McInnes Speaks Outside SPLC Offices After Filing Lawsuit Against Them
Comedian and political commentator Gavin McInnes spoke outside the Alabama offices of the Southern Poverty Law Center on Monday afternoon, after filing a defamation lawsuit against them.
In a statement provided to the Gateway Pundit prior to the speech, McInnes explained that they have “harassed me, my family, and my friends to a level of tortious interference that goes well into sabotage.”
The speech was livestreamed on Periscope.
— Ali (@ali) February 4, 2019
Just before the speech was set to begin, Ali Alexander, who is working with McInnes, tweeted that his defense website was being DDOSed.
I’ve got a team getting it all back up and the attack distributed. Thanks! 🇺🇸
— Ali (@ali) February 4, 2019
The 70-page complaint was filed on Sunday evening in the Middle District of Alabama. The filing outlined defamation and other tortious acts resulting in reputational and economic damages to McInnes. He is being represented by the highly-respected First Amendment attorney Ron D. Coleman of Mandelbaum Salsburg P.C. and Baron Coleman of the Baron Coleman Law Firm.
McInnes v. SPLC. Filed. pic.twitter.com/dzFdlvaREw
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) February 4, 2019
McInnes is demanding an apology from the far-left organization for “purposefully misrepresenting his beliefs in a defamatory manner and the defamatory mischaracterization of a fraternal club he founded, Proud Boys.”
McInnes, who has been deplatformed across social media thanks to activist-reporters campaigning against him, said that the lawsuit was not just to protect him and his family, but everyone else as well.
“The SPLC has gone from a noble institution genuinely dedicated to eradicating hate to a hate group in and of itself that pretends this country is frothing with bigots desperate to foment World War III,” McInnes said in his announcement. “They purposely lie about their enemies in an attempt to ‘destroy’ them (their words) and it’s become a very effective way to make money. Scaremongering brought them the $50 million their founder originally set out to make. Since then, it’s garnered hundreds of millions including untold millions in the Cayman Islands. I don’t fault entrepreneurs, but they are using this incredible wealth to wield power over the innocent and destroy careers and businesses in their insatiable need to generate more bigots — because in the world of SPLC fundraising, mo hate is mo money.”
People aren’t just being deplatformed and having their livlihoods stripped from them, McInnes explained, their lists are also leading to violence.
“Leo Johnson was working security at the Family Research Council when he was shot by a man who saw them on the SPLC’s hate group list. The Steve Scalise shootings were inspired by the SPLC’s list. A professor at Middlebury College was hospitalized after daring to defend Charles Murray who was deemed verboten by the SPLC. When you see their hate map of America, you’d think you were living in Nazi Germany,” McInnes added.
Those who wish to contribute to his legal battle can do so here.