Gov. Cuomo blasts President Trump, Republicans in Manhattan protest clash

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Three protestors from left wing militant group Antifa - Finbarr Slonim, 20, and Caleb Perkins, 35, of Manhattan and Kai Russo, 20, of Brooklyn - were arrested on assault charges following brawls after the event.

Gavin McInnes, a co-founder of Vice Media and founder of the Proud Boys, a male-only organization that describes its members as "western chauvinists" and is seen as part of the so-called alt-right ultra-nationalist movement, gave the talk at the Metropolitan Republican Club.

Videos posted on YouTube show clashes between the Proud Boys and groups that were protesting McInnes' speech.

The Democratic governor on Sunday called the invitation to Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club a political tactic to fire up the Republican base ahead of the midterm elections. One of those dressed in black threw a bottle at the Proud Boys group and a fight ensued for about 38 seconds until uniformed officers intervened.

No serious injuries were reported.

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The video (below) seems to confirm NYPD's account, with Antifa members initially throwing objects and punches and the right-wing group quickly responding in kind.

Members of the far-right Proud Boys were involved in a violent incident in New York City on Friday (October 12).

But Proud Boys rhetoric goes behind gender roles.

Some of McInnes' supporters were heard chanting "I like beer", referencing comments made by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during the United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations. The NYPD contested that and said 48 officers were on the scene Friday with the primary mission to keep the two sides apart, arguing the police presence was more than adequate.

"Last night the Metropolitan Republican Club was vandalized by the leftist hate group Antifa, who also left a note promising 'this is just the beginning" and threatening more violence", the Metropolitan Republican Club wrote on Facebook Friday afternoon.

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Cuomo has asked the New York State Police and the FBI to assist the NYPD in its investigation of the incident. "If you know anything, the NYPD wants your help", De Blasio said in a statement.

"The NYPD will continue to work with our federal and and state law enforcement partners to keep New York City the safest big city in the nation".

"Authorities must review these videos immediately and make arrests and prosecute as appropriate".

Proud Boys, a misogynistic and anti-Muslim fraternity known for acts of political violence, has been characterized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Thus far, no one has filed a complaint with the NYPD regarding this incident.

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