Gavin McInnes, a CRTV host and founder of the far-right “Proud Boys” fraternity, dedicated a special episode of his show to downplaying the impact of Martin Luther King Jr. and sifting through decades of reports in an effort to dismantle King’s positive reputation.
Yesterday, in a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day episode, Gavin decided to invite author Jim Goad on air to discuss reports about King’s life in an effort to counter-balance news coverage of King’s leadership in the civil rights movement.
“Everyone who’s watching TV today is going to hear about how great he was, and he did—I think it would be important if you’re a second-class citizen to fight for equality in that country. You know, if people with beards had different drinking fountains, I would be mad as a bearded man. But everyone’s going to hear about that, so let’s talk about the bad stuff for a moment,” McInnes said.
The duo began walking through various reports that King plagiarized Pastor Archibald Carey in his “I Have A Dream” speech, with Goad saying that King was “appropriating black culture.” They also mentioned a 1990 New York Times article in which scholars said that King may have plagiarized parts of his doctoral dissertation.
Goad went on to tell McInnes that King was a “philanderer” who allegedly physically assaulted “three prostitutes” the night before he was assassinated.
“I’m not one to judge here, but, hey, if I’m going to get judged I’m going to drag him down with me,” Goad said.
Goad and McInnes lamented the fact that government’s file on King will not be unsealed until 2027, before referencing allegations that King used money from a religious organization to finance “orgies.”
McInnes went on to describe what he saw as “fundamental problems” with King, including the accusation that he was a “fervent communist,” and Goad pulled quotes in which King criticized Western capitalism. Goad went on to say that King’s associates had personal connections to communist organizations in the United States.
“Isn’t that worse than visiting The Daily Stormer?” Goad said, referring to one of the internet’s largest neo-Nazi websites. “I don’t know.”