Three Things: Something Truck-ed This Way Comes

[NB: Check the byline, thanks. /~Rayne]

If you’re not white you’re not surprised at expressions of hate in our society. There are frequent demonstrations in the form of microaggressions white folks often miss.

Sometimes they’re more obvious, like racist tagging on buildings or even more obvious like the noose once left in a friend’s front yard tree, or direct confrontation experienced by another friend and their family who trapped in their car by racists yelling at them and beating on their vehicle. Many of these expressions never make the local news and might not even be reported to police for fear of making things worse.

But overt signs of hate, the kind to which even white people notice and take exception, didn’t appear as frequently in the news until Donald Trump took the White House.

Now increasingly everyone can see the wretchedness out in the open, waving its stars and bars, screaming hateful epithets at persons who aren’t cis-het white.

Like the insurrectionists waving Confederate flags outside and in the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.

Like the neo-Nazis’ demonstration in Orlando, Florida this past February.

And then the usual Republican DARVO response – Deny, Attack, and Reverse Victim and Offender – when confronted with these hateful expressions.

In February, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ aide Christina Pushaw accused the Democrats of being neo-Nazis followed by DeSantis playing victim by accusing Democrats of smearing him about the neo-Nazis.

Yet nothing about DeSantis’ office’s response discouraged another future demonstration with attacks on passersby.

The hate’s all out there in the open – and it’s escalating.

It’s no longer restraining itself to minorities, either; it may also be a component of hybrid warfare intent on demoralizing a substantive number of Americans while embedding and normalizing itself in our communities.

~ 3 ~

On Saturday evening December 4, 2021, a white nationalist group — the Patriot Front (PF) — gathered in Washington DC and paraded in numbers along the Mall before hopping into U-Haul trucks and driving away.

The group is a spin-off from Vanguard America which took part in the hate rally in Charlottesville VA in 2017.

PF has had numerous pop-up events; the Anti-Defamation League has documented their activity across the country from propaganda to rallies. The December 4 event was in the same vein.

There were many calls to avoid giving this fascist organization any air time, and more calls to ridicule them as unserious.

… This weekend in Washington, a ridiculous white supremacist boys club called Patriot Front dressed up in matching outfits to make themselves look like menacing middle managers of an electronics store. They got their white nationalist flags and their little shields and their khakis and their shin guards and they marched from the Lincoln Memorial down the national mall in what was supposed to be a white supremacist show of force in the nation`s capital. …

(source: Rachel Maddow, MSNBC )

But the December 4 event should have given us pause, especially 11 months after the January 6 Capitol Building insurrection.

— PF didn’t have a permit for their demonstration;

— They amassed a large number of participants in a short time with little-to-no advance notice to the public;

— They used at least one smoke bomb during their demonstration;

— Their rally took place in the same area the insurrectionists gathered and traveled from the January 6 speeches at the Ellipse to the Capitol Building;

— Police presence was a fraction of the number of PF rally attendees, with many on bikes;

— It was difficult to tell whether police were protecting or monitoring PF attendees.

Not only were folks left of center insisting PF’s rally not be treated as a valid expression of dissent, but they encouraged laughing at their normcore appearance which included not only khaki pants and ball caps but white neck gaiter masks.

Where have we seen so many white men wearing white fabric masks over their faces not to prevent infection but to hide identity while displaying a unified identity?

The December 4 event and other earlier PF events like this one may have looked performative, like costume players merely dressing as contemporary fascists, but the entire effort made a point and may have been proof-of-concept for some other future effort.

In other words, what’s to stop another group which is armed from beginning an assault on Washington DC in exactly the same way?

Enclosed box trucks show up, their contents not visible to anyone on the street including law enforcement; the occupants jump out wearing similar outfits and shields but this time concealing firearms and other weapons; they march to their intended destination and deploy a smoke bomb at first to mask another explosive device or to mask their weapons.

On December 4 they made it clear they could do this.

I’d have been less worried about these normcore shock troops but persons with more expertise have likewise expressed concern.

~ 2 ~

All of the above I wrote months ago, beginning a draft in December after the PF event in D.C., revising the draft after yet another PF rally on January 8, 2022 when PF participated in the March for Life anti-abortion rally in Chicago IL.

Clearly I should have published what I had at the time, ahead of yesterday’s arrest of 31 PF members in Coeur d’Alene ID for conspiracy to riot at a scheduled Pride parade.

Though Coeur d’Alene police were in contact with federal law enforcement, it was CADPD which handled the arrest and charging of the PF members.

Only one person of the 31 arrested was from Idaho; the rest were from across the U.S. — Washington, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Wyoming, Virginia, and Arkansas — though the bulk were from West and Midwest states.

Like the December 4, 2021 PF rally in DC, CADPD found PF brought riot gear, one smoke grenade, shin guards and shields.

No firearms have been mentioned in any reports, but this event could have been bad had PF arrived and violence triggered if locals were carrying weapons.

There have been no federal charges, yet; it’s not clear if any federal laws were broken. Traveling across state lines might be a factor.

It’d be easy to brush this off as just another stunt by cosplayers on a sunny summer Saturday afternoon, except the number of events like this and the corresponding propaganda by PF have exploded.

(source: ADL report: White Supremacist Propaganda Spikes in 2020)

More than 80% of that uptick was PF’s work. Where are they going with this besides demoralizing much of the country?

~ 1 ~

There’s been some confusion in left-of-center social media about Patriot Front and the Proud Boys, some mistaking one for the other. They are different groups with overlapping if not identical ideologies.

Patriot Front

Proud Boys

Launched: 2017 (spun off from Vanguard) Launched: 2016

  • Patriot Front is a white supremacist group whose members maintain that their ancestors conquered America and bequeathed it to them, and no one else.
  • Patriot Front justifies its ideology of hate and intolerance under the guise of preserving the ethnic and cultural origins of its members’ European ancestors.

(source: ADL’s backgrounder)


  • The Proud Boys are a right-wing extremist group with a violent agenda. They are primarily misogynistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and anti-immigration. Some members espouse white supremacist and antisemitic ideologies and/or engage with white supremacist groups.

(source: ADL’s backgrounder)

Their xenophobia, antisemitism, and misogyny are their primary shared attributes along with racism to varying degrees.

We’ve now seen what the Proud Boys have been willing to do which Patriot Front have not yet engaged in — participation in events which can become violent. Yesterday’s Pride parade in Coeur d’Alene could have become a crossover event had Team PF not been arrested ahead of their destination.

What’s problematic, though, is the slack Proud Boys have been allowed. They’ve been treated like other civic and community organizations when their core ideology is hate. Buhl, Idaho allowed the Proud Boys to participate in a parade last summer:

The Times-News reports that Proud Boys members were among about 100 floats in the Sagebrush Days parade that went through the center of town.

The Buhl Chamber of Commerce runs the parade but wouldn’t comment specifically about the Proud Boys taking part.

“At this time the Buhl Chamber (of) Commerce will not feed into any negative propaganda,” the group said in a statement to the newspaper. “The Buhl 2021 Sagebrush Days parade saw 90 plus entries who celebrated in a courteous and civil manner. The Buhl Chamber takes pride in welcoming all participants, while giving them the opportunity to celebrate our great nation.”

“will not feed into any negative propaganda” meaning what, they weren’t going to allow anyone to bash Buhl’s Chamber of Commerce, or they weren’t going to let anyone bash the Proud Boys?

So long as Buhl allows the Proud Boys to participate in a community event, there’s no daylight between Buhl and the Proud Boys.

Ditto for Scotland, South Dakota which had agreed to allow the Proud Boys to host a street dance in their town though the Proud Boys backed out due to unspecified security concerns.

Both communities have validated and legitimized a hate group by allowing them equal footing with the rest of their community.

Would they have done so with Patriot Front had they taken the same approach as the Proud Boys rather than showing up in a U-Haul panel van after publishing comments online which could be construed as an expressed intent to riot?

Are these two hate groups testing the waters to see where they can establish a foothold and grow their organizations? Or has there been something more hateful in the offing?

Why yes, there was — where PF was stopped from harassing a Pride event in Idaho, the Proud Boys had already stormed a public library to halt a Drag Queen story hour in San Lorenzo, California, scaring families with children by shouting hate-filled diatribes at attendees.

Alameda County sheriff’s department escorted the Proud Boys out of the venue.

Between the two groups at these two different locations on the same day, they now know they can get away with their harassment if they restrain themselves to smaller numbers and target families with children, or attack larger groups if they use more operations security.

~ 0 ~

When I first set out months ago to write about PF, I had also wanted to discuss harassment of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the truck convoys. Both are examples of the spread of overt expressions of hate, the first being racist and the second being socio-economic. Whatever was driving the attacks on HBCUs and the convoys has eased for now. I wouldn’t be one bit surprised if foreign influence operations were the primary drivers.

However we have plenty to focus on immediately with the domestic influence operations these two hate groups are engaged in which must be stopped.

PF, by the way, still has an active Twitter account and a Twitter account used as a follow hub.

60 replies
  1. Rayne says:

    Yes, Ron DeSantis’ spokesperson mentioned above is the same one who failed to register under FARA.

    DeSantis seems to have only one mode of responding:

    Asked about the report at a press conference in West Palm Beach Wednesday, DeSantis called it a “ridiculous attempt at smear.”

    Maybe he needs a better spokesperson, perhaps one not so hateful and corrupt-ish.

    • rip says:

      When DeSantis’s policies are nothing but smears, everything else looks like the same. Something about projection.

    • Pat says:

      Someone paid to have those 30 young men come in from out of state. That would be important for the feds to look into.

  2. P J Evans says:

    One of those arrested in Idaho yesterday was identified as Thomas Rousseau, their leader.

  3. Eureka says:


    It’s no longer restraining itself to minorities, either; it may also be a component of hybrid warfare intent on demoralizing a substantive number of Americans while embedding and normalizing itself in our communities.

    [emphasis added]

    is pretty much exactly how a friend described what’s going on in Portland, while lamenting the loss of their beautiful city and any sense of security for the future.

    • Peterr says:

      You’ve got to be a Real Man(tm) to attack a children’s book hour at a public library. “I’ll put my life on the line, going up against 5 year olds listening to a drag queen read a story. Molon labe, b*tches!”


      • John K says:

        As someone who tended bar in the French Quarter for seven years, I can reveal a not-well-hidden secret: lots of drag queens really know how to fight. Most of the ones I knew were used to being picked on and had to learn how to defend themselves. And they got into a lot more fights than the average, belligerent white guy. I think it’s safe to say that, if these punks couldn’t rely on weapons and they picked fights with drag queens of their own size, a lot, if not most of them, would lose.

        I think I just came up with an idea for a reality show.

  4. Phaedrus says:

    I find both of these groups’ ideologies, PFA and PB, deeply offensive and disgusting. I would very much prefer to see a USA without them, and I hope my behavior in my life, both personally and professionally reflects that.
    One thing stood out – it was mentioned that they were treated “like any other civic institution” (paraphrase) when allowed to march… I think, within our laws, this is the correct thing. When I was a boy the ACLU took a lot of shit for supporting the rights of the KKK to march – while not supporting their message. Was the ACLU wrong? Is this different somehow? I think no and no, but I respect Marcy and this site and would interested to hear other points of view.

    • Rayne says:

      We’ll agree to disagree about marching primarily because
      1) these groups haven’t uniformly sought permission to parade/rally like civic groups; PF didn’t in DC or in ID, for example.
      2) these groups haven’t shown they can be trusted to avoid potential for violence; there’s no good reason why a group needs to deploy smoke bombs, for example.
      3) Proud Boys appearance in the San Lorenzo Public Library was abusive and disruptive just as its presence was at the Capitol on January 6.

      Maybe when they act like the KKK and get parade permits, arrange for security, post bonds as necessary like other civic/community groups there might be some claim to a legitimate First Amendment right.

      I’ll also point to Popper’s Paradox: normalizing intolerance can eventually make tolerance impossible.

      • Ginevra diBenci says:

        Whether neo-Nazis or KKK, when a group follows the local rules and abides by all applicable laws, they should be allowed to spout whatever they want. I remember the march in Skokie, IL (family lived very nearby), but we all understood the Constitution–how we had relied on its protections too.

        The problem with PF and PBs is analogous to our nightmare with Trump: they have no interest in rules or laws. Those are for losers. Might makes right in their world. And they ain’t playin. Not with us, anyway, because obviously we’re losers or we wouldn’t care so much about something beyond our own selfish gain.

        • Rayne says:

          follows the local rules and abides by all applicable laws” — PF doesn’t want to do that. I still can’t believe roughly 11 months after the attack on the Capitol they showed up in rented panel vans sans permit and rallied on the Mall with smoke bombs and the fucking police stood by as if protecting them. As if January 6 never happened.

          They’re making a point all across the country they can show up whenever they want, flouting rules and laws because they believe the country belongs to them.

          I haven’t forgotten Timothy McVeigh used a rented panel van pulled up to a federal building in 1995.

          • Scott Johnson says:

            When the cops in freaking Coeur d’Alene, ID–a white supremacist haven since I’ve been a kid–deal better with this sort of stuff than the cops in the District, you gotta shake your head.

      • Legonaut says:

        Rats. Was editing my comment & ran out of time. Sigh.

        Unsurprisingly, Rayne said it so much better. I’d add that I wouldn’t expect public institutions (city council, law enforcement, etc.) to aid & abet. I would’ve expected the Alameda cops to have “escorted” the PBs off the premises and straight to booking.

        But then, perhaps I’m still expecting too much consistency and symmetry. Hard habits to break.

        • Peterr says:

          Small nit: these were Alameda *County* cops responding to a situation in the city of San Lorenzo. Within the county, there is also a city called Alameda, but their police were not involved in this event.

  5. Riktol says:

    Off-topic but I found it hilarious; Brazilian President Bolsonaro (a rabid covid denier, right wing nut job and general Trump imitator) tried to ask Biden for help in his upcoming election.

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro asked US President Joe Biden for help in his re-election bid during a private meeting
    when Bolsonaro asked for help, Biden moved to change the subject
    Bolsonaro, a close ally of former US President Donald Trump, this week expressed doubt about the legitimacy of Biden’s election victory. In remarks to a local television station in Brazil on June 7, Bolsonaro claimed there was widespread fraud in the US election that Biden won, repeating the conspiracy theories that [Trump] has raised consistently since November 2020

    Gee I wonder why the person you denigrated in the past week isn’t willing to do corrupt stuff to help you out.
    (unfortunately I could only find this on Bloomberg which has an article limit)

  6. rip says:

    Assuming the trail can be followed, wouldn’t a trace be found showing how all of these individuals were getting funding? It seems that many wouldn’t be employable in real organizations – especially with criminal records such as these showing up.

    Must be some sugar-daddies/mommies (GT?) funneling stipends to their troops/pawns.

    • P J Evans says:

      I suspect:
      Working on their own (not with a company)
      Funded by partner or possibly parent
      Disability or unemployment (only until the authorities find out)

  7. Raven Eye says:

    The Sheriff’s Daily Press Log found on this page ( includes the PFs and their home towns.

    The easiest way to find them is to do a search for “Criminal Conspiracy” in the PDF. The ones “not frum ‘roun’ here” kinda stand out.

    (One of them lives here in Jackson County, OR.)

    • Hug h says:

      Out of curiosity I googled a couple of the PNW based Patriot Front names from the Sheriff’s Daily Press Log.
      Found a treasure trove of detailed information on PF Members at Unicorn Riot, which recently captured and released a batch of Audio files from PF meetings.
      Remarkably disturbing insight into membership, structure and tasking within the group. What a pathetic bunch of hateful knuckleheads.
      Worthwhile searching “Patriot Front” on Unicorn Riot. Surprisingly granular info. on some of the members.

  8. Alan Charbonneau says:

    Interestingly enough, Meidas Touch has a new “Texas Paul” video:
    “Furious Texas Paul Reveals TERROR CELL Inside the GOP”

    It seems that Proud Boys have taken over the Miami-Dade GOP Committee. Seven of the committee members are Proud Boys. He is offering to Val Demings to come to Florida

    Texas Paul is in Louie Gomhert’s district which is in East Texas on the Louisiana border. Shreveport, LA is about the midpoint for his district. Gomhert got 72.6% of the vote in 2020, so Texas Paul is a lone voice (but a loud one — NSFW!) in a less-enlightened part of the state that Austin, where I live. com/watch?v=t4OCWp-exTA

    • Pete T says:

      Joy Reid of MSNBC mention the PBs and Miami-Dade during last The Jan 6 Committee broadcast. I am from there and now live the next county North.

      I did not know this.

      I find it a bit odd that, with the heavy Latin (Cuban mostly but increasingly also South American) influence that would mix with PB ideology. I realize Enrique Tarrio is Latin, but what is the “synergy” there?

      • Rayne says:

        Legal immigrants detest asylum seekers who haven’t followed what they see as the appropriate process for entering the US and becoming citizens. This schism has been manipulated by influence operations to keep the disparate Hispanic/Latinx communities from unifying because in some states they can easily make/break an election. There’s also anti-Black racism within Hispanic/Latinx communities which overlaps with classism as well as nationalism.

        • Peterr says:

          There is also the collection of disparate procedures for asylum that play out within the Hispanic/Latinx communities. If you are fleeing from Cuba, you are welcomed as soon as you set foot on US soil. No need to prove personal attacks on you/your family; no need to document fear for your life; just a presumption that if you are coming from Cuba, you must be fleeing commie persecution. If you are from Central or South America, fleeing political persecution, you get no such sweet deal.

          • Rayne says:

            True, and the folks coming from Central America in particular are fleeing violence made much worse by guns sold into Central America by US manufacturers.

            I’m trying to piece together Russia-Nicaragua-Cuba-Venezuela relationship as well in another post; I suspect there’s yet more foreign influence operations both driving violence and asylum seekers as well as fragmentation of Hispanic/Latinx communities on both sides of the US border.

            • rip says:

              Wondering if this isn’t an intentional pattern of creating refugees and border tensions. Much like has been done by perhaps russians driving Syrians through Turkey and trying to reach a safe home in Europe. And then inflaming the local populations to warn them about the immigrants.

              • Rayne says:

                I’m absolutely certain it is.

                Russia’s bombing of Syria on behalf of client Assad wasn’t so Russia had access to oil nor even to a trans-Syria pipeline alone. It was a means to destabilize EU nations and NATO, in particular the UK which was primed to use the influx of immigrants to push for Brexit by way of fucking Nigel Farage’s big mouth and Ukip. Laundered Russian money paid for the Leave campaign while Farage bashed immigrants and the waste of UK money spent on EU contributions.

                And now a nuclear nation is a POS under that corrupt hack Boris Johnson, its economy in shambles, far too many Britons dead from his gross mishandling of COVID.

                Mike Pence is planning on a run for 2024; he’s down at the border today making a big show of his presence. He needs to be asked why he’s encouraging the destabilization of Central America and the US by playing into Putin’s hands.

                • Scott Johnson says:

                  Fortunately, Pence will never be President. Much of the GOP hates him for his brief moment of weakness on 1/6; Dems still hate him because he’s a lying Christofascist, and nobody is going to make him their running mate.

                  Unfortunately, there are many worse Republicans who I cannot claim with some certainty will never be President.

  9. pdaly says:

    This. “But overt signs of hate, the kind to which even white people notice and take exception, didn’t appear as frequently in the news until Donald Trump took the White House.”

    Each time I re-read the Trump tweet “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage [to make me President]” followed by Trump agreeing with his supporters chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” on Jan 6, I think of it of one of the two bookends to Trump’s time in office.

    The other bookend is Trump’s Nov 19, 2016 tweet demanding an apology from the cast of the Broadway show “Hamilton” after making a curtain call plea to Pence and Trump to include ALL Americans in their plans to govern America:

    “Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen”


    “The theater must always be a safe and special place. The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”

      • Ginevra diBenci says:

        And let’s not forget Pence’s long political history, during which he has centralized the concept that his career represents the reification of God’s Will. If you ever listen to him talk about that, his excruciatingly studied humility suggests that where he tells us his success merely shows God’s Plan, secretly Pence might see it as God’s Approval.

        Pence knew when to jump ship. That doesn’t make him a rat. He did the right thing, but he might have done it in order to come out of the wreckage holding the flag of righteousness.

      • pdaly says:

        Hmm. That performative event now has me rethinking Pence’s decision to attend Hamilton during the fundraising period for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. At first, I assumed attending the musical was just a coincidence, that a VP-elect would be interested in attending a politically themed one after winning the election that month.

        Perhaps only a native to Manhattan such as Trump would have known about this timing of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising campaign and planned to make it into a tweetable event. That liberals and especially people of color deigned to lecture a white man was probably just icing on cake for Trump’s purposes.

        To Pence’s credit, he halted his exit from the theater at the end of the show to listen to the cast’s curtain call plea directed towards him and the incoming Trump administration. Pence also seemed to get it when he referred to the Broadway audience’s boos directed at him as “what freedom sounds like.”

        Nevertheless, in Oct 2021 Pence ‘did a Trump’ on Fox in essentially saying ‘there were boos on both sides’ as he downplayed the 1/6/21 attack by violent Trump supporters on the US Capitol (and attack on the peaceful transfer of power). Pence referred to the insurrection as merely “one day in January” that the ‘media are using to demean Trump supporters and distract from Biden’s failures.’

  10. Ewan says:

    Thank you for this illuminating article. It looks like it is going to get worse before it gets better. I hope that their growth will be hampered by mitosis : once it gets to a certain level, they split in two rivaling factions. But it won’t stop them from becoming somewhat establishment in the coming decade: very depressing.

    • rip says:

      Their chances of meiosis also appear to be somewhat diminished – poor little incels. But I’m sure they are pretty good at self-gratification; just not with others of their ilk.

  11. Tarkeel says:

    Back in my Youth, The Phantom was one the most rad comics available. I had the (dis-)pleasure of re-reading my collection recently, and boy did it not age well.

    It’s very explicitly anti-racist on the cover, being about a super-hero that operates in a fictitious african country where all the badguys are whites. Once you look past the facade, a myriad of racist problems arise though. The whole myth of the invincible hero is based on perverting indigenous beliefs, portraying the locals as simple for not noticing how the mantle is passed from father to son over 20+ generations. It’s just established as a fact that the locals needs rescuing from these bad whiteys, time after time. Then there’s the whole issue of how every 20+ Phantom has imported his wife from good european stock…

    The point of this anectdote is that racism is a very complex issue that even well-intentioned people fall trap to.

  12. joel fisher says:

    Excellent and depressing piece. I wish I had some confidence that there was only
    one truckload of scum in Coeur d’Alene, but I fear that there were more, perhaps including either more scum or weapons. BTW, this would be a perfect time for someone to point out that I’m a fear mongering moron.

    • Rayne says:

      If you’ve scrolled through ADL’s and SPLC’s websites, followed folks who study extremism, no, you’re not a fear mongering moron. There’s definitely a problem which even the FBI has acknowledged wrt the threat of domestic terrorism.

      • bmaz says:

        Let me recommend one of the best journalists on extremism, Nick Martin, who is a friend and seriously good. As is Dave Neiwert, who has been doing this forever. They are both truly fantastic, and doing critically important work.

        • Rayne says:

          Yup, agreed. Also JJ McNab and the new George Washington Univ. Program on Extremism (both are on Twitter).

        • gmoke says:

          If you want to look at the “Christian” aspect of these extremists, there’s also Frederick Clarkson.

          If you want more of the history and theory behind these extremists, there’s also Chip Berlet.

    • Rayne says:

      Already noted on my post which is scheduled to go up in three minutes. :-)

      (Oh, I didn’t mention why, just said Stepien’s out.)

  13. Rollo T says:

    Re: Coeur d’ Alene: “No firearms have been mentioned in any reports, but this event could have been bad had PF arrived and violence triggered if locals were carrying weapons.”

    There is video of probably a hundred people walking on Sherman Avenue toward downtown that were openly armed, most with handguns but several with long guns. A recipe for disaster.

  14. Savage Librarian says:

    Unsurprisingly, this post has triggered me for obvious reasons. But having been subject to the DARVO approach, I might be an outlier here. I actually see a bit of progress in how concerned citizens and some law enforcement agencies are now responding. I expect more of this kind of response in the future, especially because of the J6 hearings. Nevertheless, there is no question that the major uptick in domestic violence can be directly related to Trump.

    Also, keep in mind that PF is affiliated with Robert Rundo (RAM) who is still in Serbia, AFAIK. Montenegro is also in the picture. This is why it didn’t surprise me to hear of Stewart Rhodes and Serbia connections. Manafort also has Montenegro connections.

    • Rayne says:

      Yeah, that Rundo tie…you can draw the line right there from Russian influence ops to US extremist groups.

  15. Leoghann says:

    There are a couple of things I found really promising about the PF appearance in Coeur d’Alene. This city is in northern Idaho, where militias and white supremacist cults run rampant. I’m sure the organizers thought CdA, if anywhere, would welcome their breakup of a Pride event. They were wrong. The PD was decidedly not welcoming.

    Second, there was a visible presence of a number of locals, some armed, who were there to participate and protect. At least some people in northern Idaho are growing.

  16. RMD says:

    I am increasingly concerned about the targeting of “the other” by christo-fascists/christo-nationalists, their religious enablers and republican supporters.

    Parker Molloy: “The anti-LGBTQ right is trying to kill us.”

    ‘Shoot them in the back of the head’: Evangelical preachers ratchet up anti-LGBTQ hate rhetoric”
    Possibly the most strident of these preachers was a member of Stedfast Baptist Church in the Fort Worth, Texas, area, named “Brother” Dillon Awes, who was invited to speak at the church’s pulpit on June 5. He spent over an hour denouncing “homosexuality” and demanding the systematic execution of any person found guilty of it:

    “they should be lined up against the wall and shot in the back of the head! That’s what God teaches! That’s what the Bible says. You don’t like it, you don’t like God’s word.”

    [ source:–Shoot-them-in-the-back-of-the-head-Evangelical-preachers-ratchet-up-anti-LGBTQ-hate-rhetoric]

  17. wetzel says:

    I think Patriot Front is like Q-Anon. These movements appear to be spontaneous, the pure products of America going crazy, but they are not. There is existing animus and anomie, but that is not enough. I think Q-Anon was shaped by a propaganda program using ‘signs’ and ‘portents’ to draw along the 1% susceptible to delusions of reference. Who did that?

    During the 2016 election there was some anti-Hillary float with Hillary in jail that Russia paid for. There was some demonstration in Texas for and against Hillary, where Russia had organized both the demonstrators and counter-demonstrators on Facebook. I think China and Russia use Reddit karma as punishment and reward stimulus to create little American fascists. Who is fomenting a group such as Patriot Front? Who wants the United States to make a fascist transition? It is constant propaganda.

    If there were a Fascist Internationale, like the old fear for communism, it would have an easy time defeating the present day United States.

  18. WilliamOckham says:

    Here’s an article about the Texans who were arrested in Idaho over the weekend.

    With the exception of the one guy from Conroe (north of Houston), all these guys come from small suburbs of Ft. Worth. These little towns (mostly former railroad stops because there was no other reason for towns there) are very white and very backward.

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