US election 2020: Who are the Proud Boys? Extremist group Trump told to 'stand down'

Most of the group’s views sprout from the mind of right-wing “provocateur” Gavin McInnes, founder of news company Vice Media.

He founded the Proud Boys in 2016, eight years after leaving Vice due to “creative differences” and has since put his weight behind the organisation.

Mr McInnes has previously authored hate-ridden speeches about Muslim and Jewish people, some of which earned the admiration of former Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon and white supremacist David Duke.

The name of his organisation came from the Aladdin song “Proud of Your Boy”.