Most have us have said for the last four years that Trump was a total failure. Finally, some of Trump’s most loyal cultists, The Proud Boys, have come to realize he’s a total failure as well but for different reasons than most logical and rational people do.
In dozens of conversations on social media sites like Gab and Telegram, members of the group have begun calling Mr. Trump a “shill” and “extraordinarily weak,” according to messages reviewed by The New York Times. They have also urged supporters to stop attending rallies and protests held for Mr. Trump or the Republican Party.
The comments are a startling turn for the Proud Boys, which for years had backed Mr. Trump and promoted political violence. Led by Enrique Tarrio, many of its thousands of members were such die-hard fans of Mr. Trump that they offered to serve as his private militia and celebrated after he told them in a presidential debate last year to “stand back and stand by.” On Jan. 6, some Proud Boys members stormed the U.S. Capitol.
But since then, discontent with Mr. Trump, who later condemned the violence, has boiled over. On social media, Proud Boys participants have complained about his willingness to leave office and said his disavowal of the Capitol rampage was an act of betrayal. And Mr. Trump, cut off on Facebook and Twitter, has been unable to talk directly to them to soothe their concerns or issue new rallying cries.
But what really broke the camel’s back was when The Proud Boys figured out that Trump wasn’t going to pay their legal fees nor pardon their violent asses after several of them stormed the Capitol Building on January 6th.
Other groups such as the Oath Keepers, America First and the Three Percenters have also started criticizing Trump in private Telegram channels, according to a review of messages.