Nevada GOP consultant tried to recruit the Proud Boys to fill out a pro-Trump election rally: report

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Nevada GOP consultant tried to recruit the Proud Boys to fill out a pro-Trump election rally: report
Members of the Proud Boys march towards Freedom Plaza during a protest on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC.Stephanie Keith/Getty Images
  • A Nevada GOP consultant tried to recruit the far-right Proud Boys for an event, The Washington Post reported.
  • Woodrow Johnston was hired to investigate election fraud before being tasked with organizing a rally.
  • Johnston said he needed "to get the Proud Boys out" to a post-election rally for Trump at a Las Vegas election department.

A Nevada GOP consultant tasked with organizing a post-election rally in support of former President Donald Trump last year tried to recruit the far-right Proud Boys to attend the event, according to a report from the Washington Post.

Woodrow Johnston, the vice president of McShane LLC who had been hired by the Republican Party to investigate election fraud, tried to recruit the Proud Boys for a November rally held at the Clark County Election Department in North Las Vegas, The Post reported.

In doing so, he contacted Sarah Ashton-Cirillo - a liberal activist who was working closely with people on the far-right under a fake identity - saying that they would "need to get the Proud Boys out" to Nevada, according to The Post.

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The Proud Boys is a far-right group with members tied to violent political incidents in recent years. Court documents describing the events around the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol said members of the group had been planning for the siege months in advance and prepared tactical resources for the attack.

Insider previously reported the Canadian federal government named the Proud Boys a terrorist organization in the weeks after January 6. A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Bill Blair denounced "white supremacists, anti-Semitics, Islamophobic and misogynist groups."

The FBI told Insider's Haven Orrechio-Egresitz that it cannot designate domestic terrorist groups, and membership in groups that have domestic extremist ideology is not illegal on its own.

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