Self-described Western culture advocate and noted transphobe Gavin McInnes is saying Michael Wolff, author of a scathing new book about Donald Trump, can’t be trusted because he has a “gay face” and is probably a closeted gay man.
“Why are we assuming that Michael Wolff is good at his job?” McInnes said Wednesday, in a video posted on his Facebook page, of the author of Fire and Fury, which contains many damning stories about the president, based on Wolff’s observations inside the White House as well as quotes from former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and others.
“Have you ever seen Michael Wolff? Now, this isn’t a fact, this is just my theory, but he has a gay face. And there’s nothing wrong with being gay, obviously. Chadwick Moore is a wonderful gay, so is Milo Yiannopoulos, but [Wolff] appears to be a closeted gay, and my experience with them is that they tend to be sociopaths. They have a lot of bottled-up sexual rage and they want revenge on the world. I don’t trust these stories.”
In the video, excerpted by Right Wing Watch, McInnes also made fun of the way Wolff dresses. “Does that face look a little gay to you?” he said, pointing to a picture of Wolff. “I mean, it’s the lips. That kind of a pocket square, I wear it sometimes. I have slept with hundreds of women. So you have to either be a pimp or a pussy. Seriously, though. Look at his demeanor. Am I crazy? Does that look like a closeted gay man to you? Only black guys and me can get away with that kind of color scheme.”
He further questioned Wolff’s credibility because the author works for The Hollywood Reporter (which is in fact a highly respected trade publication). He offered the disclaimer that his tirade was “Gavin pulling stuff out of his ass,” but added, “My gut kind of vibe is that this has to do with repressed homosexuality.” (For the record, Wolff has been married to a woman — he is now divorced — and has had other well-publicized relationships with women.)
McInnes was a cofounder of Vice but was pushed out in 2008, according to a 2017 profile in The Globe and Mail. He now hosts an internet TV show called Get Off My Lawn in which he regularly rails against Muslims, transgender people, feminists, and others. “Monday through Thursday mornings, McInnes serves up a corrosive cornucopia of race-baiting, paranoia, performative outrage and woman-bashing,” The Globe and Mail reported. He founded Proud Boys, which he calls a “fraternal order” but has been characterized by some as racist, something McInnes has denied.
Proud Boys' slogan is "The West is the Best." McInnes told The Globe and Mail he is not racist but thinks no culture is equal to that of the West. "I think a lot of accusations about me are inaccurate, but to call me a xenophobe is an accurate criticism," he said. "I don't even see it as disputable that any other culture is in the same league as the West – that's why everyone wants to emigrate here, because we're simply better. ... It's not racial, it's cultural."
In 2014 he wrote a transphobic column published by Thought Catalog, saying trans people “are mentally ill gays who need help, and that help doesn’t include being maimed by physicians. These aren’t women trapped in a man’s body. They are nuts trapped in a crazy person’s body.”
He also contributes to a site called The Rebel, where last year he posted videos praising Trump’s trans military ban and saying that parents who accept and support their transgender children are committing child abuse.
Watch the clips from Wednesday’s video below.
Editor's note: This article's description of McInnes has been updated to more accurately reflect his views.