Proud Boys hang Gov. Andrew Cuomo ‘Fredo’ sign above Queens-Midtown Tunnel

The right-wing fraternity group known as the Proud Boys struck a nerve with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after hanging banners, with one declaring him “Fredo,” in locations around New York City.

The Democrat lashed out against the group on Sunday after signs with defiant messages were hung from the Manhattan Bridge and several other highway tunnels in the city. Some of the banners read “no retreat!” and “no surrender” while the “Fredo” sign was hung above the Queens-Midtown Tunnel,  the New York Post reported.

(Video: NBC New York)

Chris Cuomo, CNN host and brother of the New York governor, had a explosive reaction in August and threatened to throw a man down the stairs after he called him by the nickname referring to Fredo Corleone, the son of Vito Corleone in “The Godfather.” It was not clear if the Proud Boys sign was now referring to the elder Cuomo by the same name which is seen to be an insult to Italian-Americans on par with a black person being called the N-word.

The governor blasted the pro-free-speech, pro-liberty fraternity on Sunday, vowing an investigation would be launched into the hanging of the banners which reportedly were intended to show solidarity with a jailed member.

“New York is not intimidated or threatened by these neo-fascists,” Cuomo said in a statement.

“I have a message for the ‘Bigot Boys’ who skulk around like cowards in the dead of night: when you preach hate and division, New York answers with love and unity. Crawl back into your hole, Bigot Boys — there’s no place for hate in our state,” he said.

The banners were hung after a confrontation between Proud Boys and hundreds of Antifa protesters in Manhattan on Saturday. A rally was planned to protest the sentencing of two Proud Boys members, Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman, to four years each in prison for a fight involving Antifa members during a 2018 brawl near the Metropolitan Republican Club in 2018.

The banner displayed from the Manhattan Bridge, and taken by the New York Police Department following a 911 call, featured a picture of Hare along with the words “smile in the face of tyranny.”

“There is no place for hate or intolerance in New York City, or anywhere,” an NYPD spokesperson said, according to the New York Post.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the group as “an embarrassment to humanity.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the all-male group a hate group, prompting a defamation lawsuit from Gavin McInnes, who founded the group in 2016.

Cuomo’s attack on the group sparked plenty of reaction on Twitter.


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