Enrique Tarrio biography: 13 things about Proud Boys leader born in Miami, Florida


Henry “Enrique” Tarrio is an activist, businessman and organizer for public political events. He owns several small businesses in the security and surveillance industry.

Born in Miami, Florida, United States to Cuban-American parents, Tarrio was raised in Little Havana in Miami. He later moved to Miami-Dade County, Florida. 


In 1997, Tarrio attended a protest for Cuban citizen Elian Gonzalez in Miami. It was the first historical event he participated in.

Tarrio is known for his role as one of the leaders of the groups Proud Boys and Latinos for Trump. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 1999, he worked as a helper to a plumber. It was his first job. (a)
  2. From February 2003 to January 2006, he worked for NEXTEL as a district manager. He has been involved in political activism since 2005.In January 2006, he became the chief executive officer of Spie Surveillance and Automation Technologies. (a)(b)
  3. From 2007 to 2009, he studied accounting finance at Miami Dade College in Miami. He also attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he studied business administration, management and operations. (b)
  4. In 2012, he was arrested on fraud charges and was represented by Jeffrey Feiler. In a federal court proceeding in Miami in 2014, the lawyer said in court that his client had worked undercover in many investigations. (c)
  5. He attended the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA from August 11-12, 2017. (a)
  6. In August 2018, he was one of the Proud Boys members who were suspended from Twitter for violating the microblogging site’s policies on violent extremist groups. He created a new account under the new name @HonoredChair. Under the new name @HonoredChair, he tweeted on March 10, 2019 that he would name an illegal immigrant and report him or her to Immigration and Customs Enforcement if any Proud Boys member’s personal information leaked online. Twitter suspended his account on March 12, 2019. He said the site explained to him via an email that he had been removed for evading suspension. (d)
  7. On November 21, 2018, he became the chairman of the Proud Boys. He replaced Gavin McInnes, who founded the group in 2016. (e)
  8. He ran for election to the U.S. house of representatives to represent Florida’s 27th Congressional District but withdrew before the Republican primary on August 18, 2020. From 2019 to 2020, he received a total of $1,951 from individual contributions to his campaign namely Benjamin Moseley, George Colella, James Freeman, John Boyle, Maria Gonzales, Patricia Sermonte and Rene Vicente Rivero. (a)(d)(f)
  9. On September 30, 2020, he took to Twitter to react to Donald Trump‘s statement “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by” during the presidential debate between him and Joe Biden. He tweeted, “Him telling the Proud Boys to stand back and standby is what we have ALWAYS done. I’m am extremely PROUD of my Presidents performance tonight.” Hours later, his Twitter account was suspended. As the state director in Florida for Latinos for Trump, he said on October 1, 2020 that there are two Latinos for Trump movements. One is run by the campaign while the other is a grassroots movement started in 2016, according to him. (f)(g)
  10. On December 12, 2020, he and other Proud Boys members scaled the fence of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington D.C., USA and tore down a large Black Lives Matter sign on display. On January 4, 2020, the church filed a lawsuit against him and the group. That day, he was arrested in shortly after his arrival in Washington, D.C. and was charged with destruction of property. On January 5, 2020, he was released from police custody and a judge ordered him to leave Washington, D.C. and banned him from returning except for legal purposes. (h)(i)
  11. He did not physically take part in the breach of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 but he was accused of leading the advance planning and remaining in contact with other members of the Proud Boys during their breach of the U.S. Capitol. (j)
  12. On March 8, 2022, he was arrested in Miami. He was indicted on one count of each conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding and obstruction of an official proceeding and two counts of destruction of government property and two counts of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers. On June 6, 2022, he, Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola were charged with seditious conspiracy. (j)(k)
  13. He was 38 years old when a jury in Washington, D.C. found him, Nordean, Biggs, Rehl and Pezzola guilty on May 4, 2023 of seditious conspiracy. (l)

If you have information about someone who participated in the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, call 1-800-CALL-FBI. You may also submit relevant photos and videos to the FBI.


13 replies »

  1. This is a person with deep self hatred and denial about who and what he is. Why does he even call himself Afro Cuban? Or has he been calling himself Cuban lately? To them he’s nothing, but someone they can use.


  2. My comment to Enrique Tarrio: take time to look in the mirror? How can an Afro-Cuban be a white supremicist? Do you hate yourself that much? Redeem yourself.


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