A woman who was charged in connection with the Capitol riot bragged about being recruited by the Proud Boys
- Felicia Konold was arrested in Arizona last week in connection with the Capitol riot.
- A complaint said Konold had described being recruited by the Kansas City chapter of the
- Her claim of acceptance into the notoriously misogynistic group has puzzled experts.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which has designated the Proud Boys as a hate group, said the group is known for misogynistic rhetoric and believes that "women are happier when they stay home and have children."Alex DiBranco, the executive director of the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism, told the AP that no one in her group was aware of a woman ever having been recruited by a Proud Boys chapter. Cassie Miller, a senior research analyst for the SPLC, told the AP that, for a time, women formed auxiliary Proud Boys groups like the "Proud Boys' Girls," made up of the wives and girlfriends of members.
But these women were never considered full members of the Proud Boys, Miller said, adding that she wasn't aware of any of these auxiliary groups being active.
"The group has been very clear from the beginning it is an organization for men only and they hold misogynistic [beliefs] and believe that women are best suited for domestic labor and should act as mothers and homemakers," Miller said.Eric Ward, a senior fellow at the SPLC, told the AP that Konold's receiving a coin would suggest dissension in the Proud Boys' ranks.
"There is something happening around gender in the Proud Boys - and it is something worth paying attention to," Ward said.security gates in the building, the complaint said.
Felicia and Cory Konold's father, Robert Konold, told the Arizona Daily Star after their arrests last week that he didn't know they were members of a group."Neither of them, as far as I knew, had any affiliation with any group or anything," he said.
Robert Konold said that while he and his daughter had become estranged in the past year, he remained "tight" with his son - he said he would have known if his son had joined the Proud Boys.Robert Konold said that it was his daughter who had really wanted to go to the Trump event and that her brother had tagged along. "He was just going to drive with his sister because she was going to go regardless," Robert Konold said. "He figured, 'Hey, road trip, and we can both share driving.'"
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