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Moms for Liberty Dismisses Two Kentucky Leaders Linked to Proud Boys

by Chloe Baker
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Moms for Liberty Controversy

Moms for Liberty has announced the dismissal of two Kentucky chapter leaders following their appearance in photographs with Proud Boys members. This incident is one of multiple challenges faced by the conservative nonprofit, which advocates for “parental rights” and has gained notable attention in the realm of public education.

The leaders from Boone and Campbell counties, located near the Ohio border, were captured in images with Proud Boys members, identifiable by their distinct yellow and black attire, at a rally on November 4th in Frankfort, Kentucky’s capital. These images, shared on Facebook, depict the women in Moms for Liberty apparel, with one assisting in displaying a flag labeled “Appalachian Proud Boys Kentucky.”

The national body of Moms for Liberty explained the removal of these chapter chairs, citing their actions as contrary to the organization’s fundamental principles. They emphasized in a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, that their organization has no association with the Proud Boys and condemns any form of hate or violence. They also stressed their commitment to not letting the actions of a minority overshadow the group’s broader mission.

Since its inception in 2021, Moms for Liberty has risen in prominence, facing significant opposition for its push to elect conservative school board members and its stance on race and LGBTQ+ topics in U.S. classrooms.

Controversies have not been uncommon for the group. Earlier this year, its Indiana chapter faced backlash for using a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler in its newsletter, which they later retracted and denounced. Additionally, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) labeled Moms for Liberty as an anti-government extremist group, a claim the organization disputes. The SPLC argues the group uses parental rights to undermine public education and create unwelcoming environments for minority and LGBTQ+ students.

In recent school board elections, a substantial number of liberal and moderate candidates triumphed over conservative ones, with about 40% of Moms for Liberty-endorsed candidates winning their races.

The SPLC identifies the Proud Boys as a hate group, citing their white nationalist ideology, involvement in violent acts, and participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack.

Approximately 60 Proud Boys members face federal charges linked to the Capitol assault, aimed at obstructing Joe Biden’s election certification. Notably, former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio received a 22-year sentence for his role in a seditious conspiracy to maintain Trump’s presidency post-defeat.

In the controversial Facebook photos, a former Boone County Moms for Liberty chair is seen making the “OK” gesture, which the Anti-Defamation League notes is sometimes associated with white supremacist or anti-government extremist ideologies.

In response to this incident, Moms for Liberty has pledged to adhere to its existing policies in appointing new chapter leaders. The organization did not comment on the future membership status of the dismissed leaders, who have been removed from the chapter websites. The former Campbell County chair declined to comment, and the Boone County chair did not respond to inquiries.

This report includes contributions from Michael Kunzelman of Big Big News, based in Silver Spring, Maryland. The Big Big News is supported by private foundations to bolster its explanatory coverage of elections and democracy. The AP maintains full editorial independence in its content production.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Moms for Liberty Controversy

Why were two Kentucky chapter leaders of Moms for Liberty removed?

The leaders were dismissed due to their association with the far-right group Proud Boys, which conflicted with Moms for Liberty’s core values and policies. They were photographed with Proud Boys members at a rally, wearing Moms for Liberty attire, an action deemed a misjudgment by the national organization.

What is Moms for Liberty’s stance on its association with the Proud Boys?

Moms for Liberty has explicitly stated that it has no affiliation with the Proud Boys and does not condone involvement with the organization. The group has denounced hate and violence and emphasized that it will not allow the actions of a few to define the rest of its members.

Has Moms for Liberty faced other controversies?

Yes, Moms for Liberty has been involved in several controversies. These include using a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler in an Indiana chapter newsletter and being labeled as an anti-government extremist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which the group disputes.

What is the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) view of the Proud Boys?

The SPLC describes the Proud Boys as a hate group, citing their promotion of white nationalist ideas, involvement in violent activities, and participation in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

What were the election results for Moms for Liberty-endorsed candidates?

In recent school board elections, about 40% of the candidates endorsed by Moms for Liberty were successful, with a significant number of liberal and moderate candidates prevailing over conservative contenders.

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5 comments

eduguy22 November 16, 2023 - 2:07 am

SPLC calls them an extremist group? whoa!

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mamaofthree November 16, 2023 - 7:31 pm

so, like, the leaders got kicked out? yeah, that’s what happens!

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factfinder55 November 16, 2023 - 7:49 pm

curious about those election results, did they really win 40%?

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reader247 November 16, 2023 - 8:42 pm

them Moms for Liberty folks r in a real mess with them Proud Boys pics! bad move!

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politicslover November 16, 2023 - 10:51 pm

haha moms and proud boys, what a combo, bet that was interesting!

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