The controversial white racist and neo-fascist hate group Patriot Front first attracted national attention in 2017.
Since then, the group has received mixed views, with some viewing them as a criminal threat and others branding them “embarrassing”.
What is Patriot Front?
Patriot Front is an American nationalist, white supremacist, and neo-fascist hate group.
The group was first formed in 2017 after the Unite the Right rally as a breakaway from the neo-Nazi organization Vanguard America.
According to the Patriot Front’s manifesto, the group’s mission is “to return to the traditions and virtues of our ancestors.”
“Our people, born into this nation of our European race, must reforge themselves as a new collective capable of asserting our right to cultural independence,” the group’s website reads.
“The LIFE of this nation, unique among all others, is defended.”
The group believes their ancestors conquered America and left it to them and no one else, according to the Anti-Defamation League.
Over the years, the group has been linked to several hate crimes and made headlines in June 2022 after 30 suspected members were arrested near a Pride event after jumping into an uhaul wearing masks and shields.
Who founded the Patriot Front?
The controversial group is led by Texas leader Thomas Ryan Rousseau and national leader Dillion Hopper.
They were first linked to the group in August 2017 after they were seen speaking at a white supremacist rally in Austin.
Before leading the group, Rousseau reportedly worked for his high school newspaper and wrote opinion columns, often expressing his support for former President Donald Trump.
“Trump’s campaign is about more than just electing the President. It’s a referendum on American democracy,” he wrote in October 2016.
“A simple choice as to who is truly in control of this nation, a corrupt establishment bent on usurping democracy, or the American people.”
Shortly after the 2016 election, he wrote another article explaining his beliefs.
“The truth is that white voters, particularly the working class, are fed up with being labeled racist, sexist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, homophobic and the rest of the usual hackneyed buzzwords,” he said of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“…The forgotten majority of the American electorate has shown that, to the chagrin of the globalist agenda, they have not yet been replaced by the tens of millions of blue-voted immigrants from abroad.
“That they can still offer some resistance to their nation’s decay.”
It is currently unclear how many members the Patriot Front has.
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