Patriot Front is an American white supremacist, neo-Nazi, neo-fascist group which cloaks their ideology in the imagery of patriotism, liberty, and other widely accepted American values. 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.
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.
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. 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", and "Strong Borders, Strong Nations".
Activity, such as such as putting up posters, distributing flyers, hanging banners, organizing demonstrations, or "doing miscellaneous acts of public service", have been seen in at least 25 states. Members have also been known to hand out flyers at Trump rallies and leave them in books.
In 2017, the organization planned to attend an alt-right "March Against Communism", which was cancelled due to "security concerns".
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.'"
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.
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.
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