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Patriot Front

Patriot Front is an American white supremacist, neo-Nazi, neo-fascist group[4] which cloaks their ideology in the imagery of patriotism, liberty, and other widely accepted American values.[5] Part of the broader alt-right movement, the group split off from Vanguard America in August 2017 in the aftermath of the Unite the Right rally.[2][6][7][8]

Patriot Front
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Motto"Reclaim America"[1]
FormationAugust 2017
FounderThomas Rousseau[2]
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Websitepatriotfront.us[3]

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HistoryEdit

Patriot Front is led by Thomas Ryan Rousseau, a teenager living in the United States. Rousseau had previously taken control of Vanguard's web server and Discord channel several weeks prior to the Unite the Right rally, which Rousseau had participated in as leader of Vanguard America's contingent. Following bad press associated with the rally, Rousseau left Vanguard and used the groups domain name to form Patriot Front as an ostensibly new group, although most members were former Vanguard members and rally participants.[2]

As with Vanguard America, Patriot Front supports white supremacy, antisemitism, fascism, and a white supremacist version of American nationalism. It also promotes the Zionist Occupied Government conspiracy theory.[2] The group uses a combination of patriotic and fascist imagery, such as a fasces surrounded by thirteen stars, and attention-grabbing techniques such as setting off smoke bombs during demonstrations and protests and chanting slogans, such as "blood and soil",[2] and "Strong Borders, Strong Nations".[9]

ActivitiesEdit

Activity, such as such as putting up posters,[10] distributing flyers,[11] hanging banners,[12] organizing demonstrations,[1] or "doing miscellaneous acts of public service",[13] have been seen in at least 25 states.[1][2][5][10][14] Members have also been known to hand out flyers at Trump rallies[15] and leave them in books.[16]

In 2017, the organization planned to attend an alt-right "March Against Communism", which was cancelled due to "security concerns".[17]

On July 10, 2018, a local anti-white supremacist group in Tacoma, Washington, "Tacoma Against Nazis", erected a billboard reading "There are NAZIS in our neighborhood". On July 19, Patriot Front members "climbed up the structure at Pacific Avenue and South 72nd Street and pasted over 'Nazis' with 'Illegal Aliens.'"[18]

In January 2019, Patriot Front flyers were found on home driveways in Edmonds, Washington, sparking a small demonstration of around 50 citizens and a statement from the mayor condemning the origination and its message of intolerance and exclusion.[19]

In February 2019, three members of the group (Matthew Wolf, Christopher Hood, and Tylar Wilson) were arrested by Boston's police department after an investigation of posters in East Boston. One of the men, Matthew Wolf was found to be uncooperative towards police such as slapping an officer's hand. Christopher Hood and Tylar Wilson were both found to have brass knuckles, a spring-loaded 5 inch knife, and a wood handled trowel. The lawyer representing one of the men, Nitin Dalal described the incident as "youthful stupidity" and stated that the three men met while playing Xbox.[20]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Murray, Elizabeth (2018-02-12). "'White supremacist' group not welcome in Burlington, mayor says". Burlington Free Press. USA Today. Archived from the original on 2018-12-14.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Patriot Front". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  3. ^ Henry, Chris (November 4, 2018). "Nazi symbol seen on Olympic College campus protected as free speech". Kitsap Sun. Retrieved December 14, 2018. Patriot Front's current website is patriotfront.us.
  4. ^ "Vanguard America (Patriot Front, American Vanguard) - Extremist Watch". extremistwatch.org. Archived from the original on December 24, 2017. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  5. ^ a b Mistich, Dave (2018-04-19). "Seeing Through the Rhetoric of the Alt-Right: Spotting White Supremacist Propaganda in W.Va". WV Public Broadcasting. Archived from the original on 2018-04-19. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  6. ^ "Meet 'Patriot Front': Neo-Nazi network aims to blur lines with militiamen, the alt-right". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  7. ^ Roman, Gabriel San (2017-12-13). "New Fascist Group Appeared at Laguna Beach Anti-Immigrant Rally". OC Weekly. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  8. ^ "White Nationalist Group Targets Bellevue, Gig Harbor". Bellevue, WA Patch. 2017-11-20. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  9. ^ Sauers, Camille (2018-07-30). "Texas Neo-Nazi Group Attacks San Antonio's Occupy ICE Encampment". San Antonia Current. Archived from the original on 2018-08-29. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  10. ^ a b Wiater, Natalia (2018-12-11). "Xenophobic posters discovered near East Quad". The Justice. Waltham, MA. Archived from the original on 2018-12-13.
  11. ^ Green, Chris (2018-04-02). "Questionable immigration flyers spread in Boone County". The Gazette.
  12. ^ Johnson, Kaley (2018-10-05). "Anti-immigration banner hung from Fort Worth bridge, hate group posts fliers in city". Star Telegram. Archived from the original on 2018-10-06. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  13. ^ "Patriot Front". Southern Poverty Law Center. 2018-12-21. Archived from the original on 2018-12-22.
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  15. ^ Cooper, Emily; Schenke, Rana (2018-10-27). "Attendees hand out Patriot Front flyers at Trump Rally". Daily Egyptian. Southern Illinois University. Archived from the original on 2018-10-28.
  16. ^ Bawab, Nashwa (2018-11-21). "Another White Supremacist Flyer Found in North Texas". Dallas Observer. Archived from the original on 2018-11-21.
  17. ^ "Neo-Nazis and white nationalists are recruiting Trump supporters who are mad at Colin Kaepernick". Newsweek. 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2017-12-23.
  18. ^ Sailor, Craig (2018-07-22). "Anti-Nazi billboard gets reworked by vandal to read with anti-immigrant message". The News Tribune. Archived from the original on 2018-07-22.
  19. ^ MyEdmondsNews (2019-01-08). "Edmonds neighbors take stand against Patriot Front flyers". My Edmonds News. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  20. ^ Tempera, Jacqueline (February 19, 2019). "Attorney for one of the men accused of posting propaganda for white nationalist group around East Boston said it was just 'youthful stupidity'". Masslive.com. Retrieved February 19, 2019.

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