Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday condemned the violence following an appearance of the founder of a far-right group in New York City, calling the event a “tactic” of New York Republicans to gin up the base ahead of next month’s general election.

Cuomo in a conference call said he was directing the State Police to assist in he investigation of the clash that followed the appearance of Gavin McInnes this weekend.

The event by McInnes was preceded by vandalism at the Metropolitan Club, the headquarters of the state Republican Party, where he was scheduled to speak.

“Why would the Republican Party invite the Proud Boys who are known to be a hate group, who are known to incite violence?” Cuomo said. “It’s a political tactic because what they’re trying to do is fire up their base.”

He added, referring to the state Republican Chairman, “Are you a proud boy, Mr. Cox?”

Republicans on Friday, including gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro, had called on Cuomo to condemn the vandalism at the clubhouse, which included graffiti and glue in locks.

But the event also led to clashes between members of the group and counter protesters, which also included homophobic slurs.

In a statement, Molinaro spokeswoman Katy Delgado pointed to an investigation surrounding a health care company’s donations to Cuomo’s re-election campaign.

“Andrew Cuomo’s favorite political tactic is to distract New Yorkers from his corrupt administration and today’s headlines about his blatantly illegal dealings with Crystal Run,” she said.

The Proud Boys is a self-described “western chauvinist” group that has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Cuomo said the actions against the clubhouse should be investigated, but also questioned why the group was invited in the first place.

“I think the Republican Party hurts themselves, hurts this state, hurts Republican individuals by inviting a group like this,” he said. “I work with Republicans. These are not Proud Boy people. Any decent New Yorker, any decent American would be embarrassed by any association. They preach violence. They preach anti-equality.”

Updated: In a statement, Republican Chairman Ed Cox called Cuomo a “political coward” who should have issued a stronger condemnation against the vandalism against the building.

“Now, he’s shamelessly trying to capitalize on a scuffle that occurred almost 24 hours later on the streets on Manhattan,” he said.

“A real leader would call for calm. He would work with the NYPD to protect a near- century-old club from further attacks, but that’s not Andrew Cuomo. He is all about himself and all about politics. What shame. New York desperately needs a leader right now, and it simply doesn’t have one. This governor has utterly failed his state. Shame on him.”