Exposing Rochester’s Proud Boys: Bryan Wheaton

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Top: Anthony Mistretta in “anti-antifa” shirt, Michael Grove and Bryan Wheaton holding the flag
Kneeling, left to right: Julius Cahoon, unknown, Joe Schifano

Who are the Proud Boys?

The Proud Boys are a far-right, neo-fascist organization founded by Gavin McInnis during Donald Trump’s election campaign. The Proud Boys are designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Proud Boys participated in, and helped organize the deadly ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, VA in 2017 that resulted in the death of antifascist activist Heather Heyer. More on the Proud Boys can be found on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center: https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/proud-boys

Why are we exposing them locally?

This group has existed for around four years and has grown in membership. They are well connected to other Proud Boys and assorted fascists nationwide. Their politics have, over time, crept into violent racism and antisemitism. They have a history of online harassment, and have even targeted peoples’ homes a number of times with flyering and intimidation. Once photos emerged of them training together with firearms, we felt the community needed to know the names and faces of these individuals. 

Bryan Wheaton, Proud Boy, 4th Degree

4th Degree Proud Boys earn their rank by engaging in political violence

Bryan Wheaton is the de-facto leader of this group, as far as we can tell. He’s been involved in Proud Boy activity as early as Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017 – so almost as long as the Proud Boys have existed.

 He organizes physical training and other meetups for the other Proud Boys. Bryan seems well connected, having rubbed elbows with Proud Boys from all over, and having hung out with violent fascist Kyle “Based Stickman” Chapman. He has gone to a number of events organized and attended by the far-right and neo-nazi groups. 

They met at the Landing Strip bar on Scottsville Road

Wheaton with violent far-right felon and protest brawler Kyle Chapman
Posing with Proud Boys attending Boston’s 2017 “Free Speech Rally” Sal Cippola, center in the red hat, was arrested there for punching a counterprotester in the face.

In a turn of events repeated by Proud Boys all over the country, Wheaton’s political leanings turned more overtly fascist and violent.

Fash the Nation is a neo-nazi, white supremacist podcast. Proud Boy Joe Schifano’s mention of ‘power level’ is an alt-right term for hiding the extent of one’s fascist politics to the general public. Wheaton’s response references Nietzsche’s The Will to Power, a book compiled by Nietzsche’s sister, a Nazi sympathizer.
Lincoln Rockwell was the founder of the American Nazi Party. Pretty racist ‘squad goals’ for a group that claims not to be racist.
A “don’t tread on me” snake wrapped around a fasces. The libertarian to alt-right pipeline is real!
A wink and a nod to neo-nazi terrorist James Mason’s book Siege, a text lauded by Atomwaffen Division, the Base, and other armed nazi groups. Siege encourages terroristic ‘lone-wolf’ attacks.

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