It was the punch heard round the pro-Trump internet. In a June melee in Portland between right-wing groups and “anti-fascist” counter-protesters, a black-clad antifa activist swung a baton at 28-year-old Ethan Nordean.
Dressed in the black-and-yellow polo shirt uniform of the Proud Boys, a group of self-described “Western chauvinists” who regularly engage in street brawls, Nordean responded by bringing his “antifa” attacker down with a single punch.
Thanks to video of the encounter, Nordean soon became the latest star of right-wing street brawlers. Online meme-makers made edits to the video of the punch to make it look like a scene from Mortal Kombat and declared Nordean the peak of masculinity: a “super chad.”