Leftists Celebrated My Friend’s Death and Made His Grieving Mother Cancel the Funeral

The Chinese military strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu said, “Know thy self, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.”

 Matthew Lyons was a friend of ours who lost his life in a battle against addiction. He was 27 years old. 

Matt was a good dude. He was friendly to everyone he met and his energy was infectious. Like me, he was a member of the Proud Boys, a pro-West fraternal organization founded by Gavin McInnes. Recently, the Southern Poverty Law Center labeled us a “hate group” under its “General Hate” category. At least we are in good company there, joining the ranks of lifelong feminist scholar Christina Hoff Sommers and Somali author Ayaan Hirsi Ali. But we aren’t a hate group. We’re a men’s group from all backgrounds that likes to drink Budweiser and believes in community service. That’s about it. 

Matt joined us a year ago. He was a conservative and, above all, a patriot who never hesitated to fight for what he believed in. Tragically, this month, his demons got the better of him and, like so many good people across this country, an overdose took his life.

When we heard the news, our friend Enrique Tarrio got in touch with Matt’s mother and organized a Gofundme campaign to raise money to cover the costs of his memorial service. Matt’s family didn’t have a lot of money, and we knew we had to help out. Almost overnight, the campaign raised nearly $4,000. 

“He was a person that always brought a smile to our faces,” Tarrio said to me of Matt. 

With the funeral paid for, people who knew Matt from all over the Northeast prepared to take a ride to southern New Jersey to celebrate his life. Carpools were organized, train schedules synced, and tributes spread on social media.

Then, out of nowhere, with just two days’ notice, Matt’s grieving mother canceled her own son’s funeral. We were shocked and confused. Matt’s best friend, who knew his mother well, called her immediately, but she wouldn’t answer. 

Just before that, liberal writer Alan Feuer of the New York Times barbarically contacted people who knew Matt, including myself. Feuer has written unflattering pieces about the Proud Boys and now wanted an invitation to attend Matt’s funeral to get material for a book he’s writing. 

“… Condolences on the death of Mathew Lyons. I was sorry to have to read it. I have a question for you though: If the funeral hasn’t happened yet would you be willing to let me attend?” he texted me.  “I’m working on a book now about the long season of fighting between Antifa and groups like [Proud Boys]. I realize Matthew’s death was unrelated to that but the book will get into the culture of both sides so I wanted to at least ask. Your call obviously. Just wanted to put it out there.”

As Feuer groveled for an invitation to a funeral, leftists on social media were spreading the word about, and celebrating, Matt’s death. 

One user named Alex wrote on Facebook, “hope you all follow his lead lmao.”

Another named Jacob said “Hope it was painful.”

The leftist page Wolftrap AF posted Matt’s picture on Facebook with the caption:

Second Degree Proud Boy Matthew Lyons just accidentally became a Good White Nationalist.



Comments on that post included, “Rest in piss mother fucker,” and “Fuck your dead friend. I hope it was miserable.”

When friends of Matt called out the members of the communist page, it responded, ” ‘He wuz naht raycis!!’ – typed the sad boys, though they knew they were lying.”

Like most communists, their tastelessness knew no bounds.

Word of the harassment got to Matt’s mother. Although she’d been in touch with several of his close friends since his death, the Thursday before his funeral her tone changed. She called multiple people who she had been encouraging to attend the memorial and announced the services were off. She was confused about why people were trashing her son online and even more confused about flippant accusations about “white supremacy” lauded against Matt and his friends. Who knows if Feuer also reached out to her. 

People close to Matt were shattered and asked his mom to reconsider, but she wouldn’t take any more calls on the subject. Instead, Matt’s remains were quietly cremated and his mother has secluded herself to mourn for her son.

No doubt there are people smirking and cheering that as a victory.

It looks that they’re now taking their cues from the Westboro Baptist Church, celebrating deaths of people who don’t share their bizarre dogma. Perhaps they can picket the next funeral so we can all get a good, hard look at them.

People wrap themselves in beliefs under the guise they have the moral high ground. They tell their followers how “caring” they are. They make every argument about emotions to show their side is the sensitive, loving one.

When Osama Bin Laden was killed liberal mouthpiece Michael Moore couldn’t wait to play virtue signaling king-of-the-hill, saying “…To celebrate someone’s death I think goes a step further…”

No such accommodation was given to a laborer from New Jersey named Matthew Lyons.

It should go without saying, Matt wasn’t a “Nazi” or “white nationalist” or “fascist.” He was a guy who voted differently from liberals because he didn’t like the baggage of their philosophy.

At the out-of-hand “Unite the Right” riot in Charlottesville last year, a woman name Heather Heyer died. I didn’t agree with her politics but this is what I wrote about her death on the Proud Boys’ official site:  ” …I didn’t ask who she voted for…  She wasn’t Isis.  She was just like everyone else that day, doing a thing ’cause they believed in something silly.  She’s dead for absolutely no reason ’cause a dickless psychopath thought he was a ‘revolutionary.’  I feel horrible for her mother….”

I cannot think of a more clear example of right and wrong. The folks who couldn’t stop laughing in the face of a tragic death;  the people who couldn’t wait to see if they could hurt Matt’s loved ones just a little more, competing for the most over-the-top comment, are despicable, worthless shit heaps born out of an immoral world view.

They proved nothing less.

These people left no doubt in my mind that conservatives and patriots around the world are on the right side of history. They didn’t get Matt’s memorial cancelled. The opposite happened. They turned the real memorial into us remembering what Matt stood up against and why we won’t put up with the ugliness that neo-Marxism brings to our doorstep.  

What Matt’s mother is going through is incomprehensible. Being preyed upon by radicalized ideologues isn’t something any parent is prepared for while burying their child. The scum who attacked her son are the lowest of the low. I’m sorry she was burdened with more heartache than she already had.

The people who kicked Matt while he was lying cold in a morgue gave us a gift. We got a good look at the true nature behind antifa, Black Lives Matter, the Occupy Movement, and the other hateful extremists of the far left who only thirst for power.

We understand why Matt, like the rest of us, didn’t want them to dictate the terms of his life.  

We fight on for people like Matt.


Pawl Bazile is a journalist and the Production Director for Proud Boy Magazine. Follow him on Twitter @PawlBazile

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  1. Kathy Johnson

    February 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I’m so sorry for the your loss and added grief put onto you and Matt’s mother, by people that only know how to hate and hurt others with the meanest of actions and words. They have no soul anymore. My deepest condolences go out to you, Matt’s mother and all his friends and family. May he Rest in Peace.

  2. Shay

    February 28, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve had this happen to me – not at this level. When I posted a photo of my son for T_D, leftists went nuts trolling it. A feminist tried to dox me, found his photo, and literally danced on his grave in glee.

    These people are psychopathic.

    I didn’t hate leftists before – but I’m coming to hate them now. Every person who’s seethingly wished for my rape has been a female feminist. Every person who’s expressed joy at my son’s death, has been a leftist. To actually take the time to dig for a personal bit of hurt in someone’s life, then busy yourself trying to do everything that you can to hurt them a little more is so beyond sick.

    I’ve been so dehumanized, that now I’m starting to return the favor. How can I look at these horrible human beings and not hate them?

    • Jennifer Dunlop-Gierok

      March 1, 2018 at 7:34 am

      You cant. These are truly evil people,who have no real compassion,not even for their own or own “beliefs”. They just found a “cause” that aows them to be themselves and not locked away in a prison or looney bin. They grew up without dissaplin,were told their opinion mattered,they got trophies for losing,were told EVERYTHING is OK as long as it “made them happy”,that having morality was immoral,that they deserved what other people had and that they should have it by means of government . They’ve never worked.for a living, don’t pay for what they can scam off their parents or the government for and use these groups to spread haye,violence and evil. It’s natural TO hate them. They represent everything that’s wrong with the world and our nation. All while telling you their way of thinking is the only logic one even though it’s lacking in all logic. Us normal people call them sociopaths,narcissists and psychopathic. They call themselves ANTIFA, Black Lives Matter and the Democratic party.I am.try sorry any human could behave this way and treat someone else this way. Their call to tolerance has created the.most hate filled group of spoiled children we have ever know. Far worse than the hippies who started the ball rolling in the 60s. They’ve disguised the search for equlaity and spread pure and utter hatred and intlerance. They have no beliefs except the ones they’re told to believe in. This is what crazy people do.

    • cla

      March 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      i am a far leftist and i am saddened to read your experience. i am a lone person , not belonging to any of these mobs .
      i dont indeed understand the point of doxxing people , so far it didnt help anyone stop from spreading their ideas. if anything it reinforces these movements against them.
      makes me wonder how much concerned they re about the proletariat… surely they must know that a good portion of the proletariat has conservative ideas? that those that agree with most of their ideals are a minority?
      they re shooting on their feet believing they re cool revolutionary kids while ostracizing socialism and anarchism.

    • JeanetteVictoria

      March 3, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Same happened to me when my daughter was killed by a drunk driver lefts were dancing in the street

  3. Scott

    February 28, 2018 at 8:38 pm

    The real fascists wear masks.

  4. SarahB

    February 28, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    I am so sorry for Matt’s mother and family. He was clearly a great guy who will be sorely missed by the New Right community.

  5. David C

    March 1, 2018 at 5:32 am

    I may get flack for saying this, but: The man’s mother was VERY WRONG to call off a memorial service because some of his friends were being harassed online. If she was confused by what was behind the harassment that’s can only because she pays no attention to what’s going on in this country.

    The people who raised the money for a memorial service should have one for him — without his mother.

  6. john smith

    March 2, 2018 at 10:24 am

    On-line harassment? gimme a break … ‘on line’ is not even reality … people confuse these online spaces with reality

  7. cla

    March 2, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    with all the due respect i am a socialist and i find the behaviour described repulsive. but i am an adult woman i wonder how young were these people who cheered the death of a man with such a great burden on his shoulders .

    i dont stop seeing people as proletariat and repressed just because one holds a different ideology than mine , most do. most vote for people who are blatantly lying , but i wont cheer for their death.

    the death of a person is always a tragic event , even the death of an ant is. there s nothing more saddenning than a life that ceases to exist. it s a beautiful and almost magical thing the human mind , and regardless of what he thinks it s still horrible how this living being had to cease to experience life.

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