Patriot Front

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

The Patriot Front is an American white supremacist, neo-Nazi, neo-fascist group[4] which utilizes imagery of patriotism, liberty, and other widely accepted American values to promote its ideology.[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]

History[edit]

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 the leader of Vanguard America's contingent. Following bad press associated with the rally, Rousseau left Vanguard and used the group's 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]

Activities[edit]

Patriot Front's activities, 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" in Charlotte, North Carolina on December 28 alongside members of Anti-Communist Action (the main organizers of the event), Richard B. Spencer, Billy Roper of The Shield Wall Network and Augustus Sol Invictus but the march 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]

On January 21, 2019, Patriot Front flyers were found on home driveways in Edmonds, Washington, sparking a small demonstration of around 50 citizens and a statement by the mayor which condemned the flyers and their message of intolerance and exclusion.[19]

On February 13, 2019, Patriot Front flyers were spotted in Boston, Massachusetts in the Eastern section of the city. The flyers said "Keep America American", "Better Dead Than Red", and "Will Your Speech Be Hate Speech?" The flyers were denounced by Marty Walsh, the mayor of Boston. Two days later on February 15, three Patriot Front members were arrested for putting up the flyers and one of the men slapped a police officer's hand when the officer was reaching for his identification via wallet. One was found to have a spring-loaded 5-inch knife and another was found to have a wood handled trowel and brass knuckles. A lawyer for one of the men stated that this was an incident of "youthful stupidity" and he also stated that the three men met while playing Xbox and other video games. The three men later appeared in court.[20][21][22][23][24]

In March 2019, a man was charged in connection with posting Patriot Front posters in Vienna, Virginia.[25]

In July 2019, Downtown Indiana, Pennsylvania was littered with stickers from the group. Police are investigating the matter and considering charges for a hate crime.[26]

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References[edit]

  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. Retrieved 2018-12-14. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "Patriot Front". Southern Poverty Law Center. 2018-12-21. Archived from the original on 2018-12-22. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  16. ^ Bawab, Nashwa (2018-11-21). "Another White Supremacist Flyer Found in North Texas". Dallas Observer. Archived from the original on 2018-11-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ MyEdmondsNews (2019-01-08). "Edmonds neighbors take stand against Patriot Front flyers". My Edmonds News. Retrieved 2019-01-21.
  20. ^ "Boston couple takes action after anti-immigrant signs are plastered all over neighborhood". WHDH. February 15, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  21. ^ Haynes, Crystal (February 15, 2019). "Residents remove anti-immigrant posters put up in Boston". Boston 25 News. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  22. ^ "Arrests made in connection with racist flyers placed in neighborhood". WCVB/ABC News. February 16, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  23. ^ Horman, Nate (February 19, 2019). "Three suspects arraigned on charges of weapons possession and assaulting an officer: BPD". Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  24. ^ Tempera, Jacqueline (February 19, 2019). "Attorney for one of the men accused of posting propaganda for white nationalist group Patriot Front around East Boston says it was just 'youthful stupidity'". Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  25. ^ https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/herndon-man-charged-in-connection-with-posting-white-supremacist-posters-in-vienna/65-b0db8338-5e49-47dc-b69a-90e06dfe1319
  26. ^ https://www.wccsradio.com/2019/07/11/indiana-borough-police-investigating-posting-of-hate-stickers-in-downtown-business-district

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