DAILYKENN.com -- Gavin McInnes is a patriot activist, Trump supporter, and comedian. The SPLC, however, branded his "Proud Boys" organization a hate group due, apparently, to its support of Donald Trump.
Why are such lawsuits not more common?
From thedailybeast.com ▼ Will Sommer
Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes sued the Southern Poverty Law Center on Monday, claiming that the civil-rights organization has cost him business opportunities by designating the pro-Trump men’s group he created as a hate group.
In the lawsuit, McInnes blames the SPLC’s “hate group” designation for the Proud Boys for everything from his being kicked off of PayPal, Facebook, and Twitter, to criticism from his own neighbors in a tony New York suburb.
“Mr. McInnes is essentially an untouchable, unable to retain or be considered for gainful employment in his line of work,” the lawsuit claims.
McInnes is suing the SPLC for defamation and tortious interference with economic advantage. McInnes also wants a court order stopping the SPLC and its employees from referring to him as someone connected to a hate group.
The SPLC declined to comment on McInnes’s lawsuit until Monday afternoon, after McInnes holds a press conference on the suit.
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