Gavin McInnes is a Canadian-American humourist, journalist, political commentator, and activist. He is a right-wing populist and libertarian. He co-founded the now-leftist Vice Media, to which classical liberal Tim Pool is a past contributor. McInnes also founded the right-wing fraternal organization known as the Proud Boys, which, however, he has since disassociated with. He is a former host of The Rebel Media, which has since changed its name to Rebel News. He is now, along with his colleague Milo Yiannopoulos, a primary contributor to Censored.tv, which was originally named FreeSpeech.tv until, ironically, another company with the same name sued them for copyright.
Gavin McInnes repeatedly disavowed white nationalists in 2017, and even openly criticized the white nationalist "groypers" in 2019. He describes himself as, "Anti: Nazi, Alt-Right" in his Parler biography.
However, in June 2015, McInnes used the common Southern libertarian arguments to defend the racist Confederate States of America, which he believed seceded from the United States due to Northern aggression. He failed to note that the Confederate Constitution declared that the purpose of secession was to preserve the institution of slavery (see Confederate States Constitution). But he defended the Confederacy because, according to him, the American Civil War was about states' rights, and Abraham Lincoln was a "racist." These are all seriously flawed arguments, but not racist arguments or the arguments of a racist.