Infamous white supremacist group Patriot’s Front had a march in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 13th. Carrying drums, flags, and shields the hundred-fifty-or-so-strong group covered their faces with balaclavas, hats, and dark sunglasses to protect their identities from being exposed. Billed as a right-wing or far-right extremist group, they’ve been widely mocked online as feds, or assets otherwise controlled by intelligence agencies.
Their march coincided with the Democrats pushing their favorite narrative that ‘white supremacy’ is the ‘most dangerous threat’ facing Americans despite any evidence of violence or crime being committed by these people. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) likes to measure “white supremacist activity” claiming it is on the rise with an increase in “incidents” suggesting over 6,700 such incidents occurred between 2021 and 2022. However, the ADL would likely count marches like the recent one in Washington as an incident simply because some people showed up and marched.
The videos showed the group marching around, waving flags, and being escorted by multiple police who kept counter-protesters and media away from them to avoid any potential for physical altercations. The police reported no incidents of arrest or violence during the march, according to Newsweek.
Videos tweeted of the group have been viewed millions of times and largely show masked men wearing navy blue shirts and khaki pants marching while drumming with the occasionally chanted slogan. Founded in 2017 by Thomas Rousseau, the group has been popping up at various right-wing gatherings ever since, including the infamous Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally which resulted in the death of one woman after she was hit by a car.
The organization bills itself as “American nationalist” and its rhetoric is largely oozing with authoritarian sentiments typical of Christian nationalists and right-wing extremism. Many respondents on Twitter expressed their belief that the group was largely the product of one or more federal intelligence agencies. FBI Whistleblower Kyle Seraphin suggested a “1:2 moron-to-CHS/UC” ratio the latter abbreviation for “confidential human source” and “undercover.” In the past, the FBI has typically turned one or more group members into assets or deployed undercover agents to act as legitimate malcontents in order to advance more radical actions that can then be used to garner arrests and charges.