Have you heard of “Patriot Front?”
I have to be honest… I haven’t.
I’ve heard of other extremist groups, but have never heard of Patriot Front.
Well, they’re supposedly a large extremist group that’s been popping up all over the country.
There’s only one problem:
Even though they’re a growing group, no one seems to have heard of them.
Now, a new “leaked” video appears to show members of the Patriot Group.
But most people who view the video think it’s fake.
In other words, no one believes this group is real.
The vast majority of people appear to believe that this group and its hateful actions are fake.
Watch the video below:
Patriot Front had its data leaked. This video sums them up pretty nicely:
Camera on: We aren’t Nazis!
Camera off: “Seig fucking Heil, let’s fucking go! I can say that now that it’s (the video) over.” pic.twitter.com/QgvyfG3qKg
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) January 21, 2022
If you think nobody would be this blatant or careless, you haven’t read their chat logs yet. Patriot Front members chronicled their crimes in private chats, which have now been leaked.https://t.co/0QKaCO77U2
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) January 22, 2022
The only outlet that seems to be covering this story is Twitchy.
According to Twitchy:
Earlier this month the mysterious right-wing group Patriot Front made an appearance at a March for Life event in Chicago. In December, a group of 150 to perhaps 200 members of the group were photographed getting out of U-Hauls in matching clothing before marching on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
In spite of all that there seems to be little media interest in digging deep to find out what’s really going on with this group and who its members are. There is, however, plenty of interest in videos that purport to show Patriot Front members using Nazi language and gestures. One that is said to have been leaked is making the rounds. Does this seem staged, or authentic?
It appears most conservative and Trump supporters believe this is fake.
Take a look at the most recent social media posts.
Just a reminder that the Patriot Front aren't conservatives. We do not claim them. They are Feds.
— Anita 🇺🇸 (@youngbiafra) January 22, 2022
People that think Patriot Front is real still believe Jussie Smollett was the victim of a hate crime. https://t.co/1JNTVCatoy
— David Windmueller (@DWindm) January 22, 2022
The Patriot Front is the feds. Period.
— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) January 21, 2022
When I tweeted a joke about Patriot Front being feds earlier, I got multiple replies from people screeching at me that their "communications were leaked", proving that they are not feds. It's been making me laugh all night.
— The Partyman (@PartymanRandy) January 22, 2022
You'd think the Feds would take the hint that no one is buying this Patriot Front crap, but then again, they're not that smart.
— Oscar Von Reuenthal (@OscarVReuenthal) January 22, 2022
#PatriotFront is the new #QAnon:
Everyone on the left thinks everyone on the right believes its real.
Everyone on the right thinks its just another cheesie Fed operation.
Media will convince itself its real, and call it a "threat to democracy".
*Hard eye roll*
— Allen Ray (@2CynicAl65) January 22, 2022
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 22, 2022
Patriot Front is the stereotypical projection of what a white supremacist group would look like through the eyes of a Democrat. Very poor actors. Only gullible rubes would fall for such theater.
— 🇺🇸 Lowkey Rey 2.0 🇺🇸 (@AtlRey) January 22, 2022
Wondering what’s in the leaks?
According to Gizmodo:
For the second time in as many years, American fascist organization Patriot Front is facing a humiliating leak of internal communications, messages revealing a trove of evidence pointing to coordinated criminal activities in multiple states, including New York, Washington, Indiana, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Oregon.
Experts consulted by Gizmodo say the material is likely to seriously damage Patriot Front, which the Anti-Defamation League has identified as one of the biggest sources of white supremacist propaganda in the U.S. and mostly recently was in the public eye for a march of an estimated 100 cadres on the National Mall in Washington, DC, last month.
A hostile offshoot of the defunct neo-Nazi group Vanguard America, Patriot Front formed in late August 2017 less than three weeks after the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. (James Alex Fields Jr., who was convicted in December 2018 of killing 32-year-old anti-racist protester Heather Heyer at the rally, was seen there holding a shield emblazoned with the VA logo. VA later denied he was a member.) The split from VA followed months of infighting between Thomas Rousseau, the Front’s founder, and VA leader Dillon Irizarry, who was seen accusing Rousseau in leaked chat logs of staging a “literal coup” in June 2017, according to the ADL.
According to Rousseau at the time, the betrayal was necessary to rebrand the movement and eschew the explicitly racist and anti-Semitic imagery blatantly advertised in Charlottesville. Preferring his hate group with a more sanitized, pro-American visage, Rousseau’s plan was to “inspire sympathy” among those “inclined to fence-sitting” —young, impressionable bigots across the country who, conscious of it or not, were already believers in his cause: erasing a century’s worth of racial progress and reverting the U.S. back into its former condition as strictly a white ethnostate.
The leak, some 400 gigabytes of data published first on Friday by Unicorn Riot—a nonprofit media outlet that covers far-right, white supremacist, and neo-Nazi organizations, among other topics—offers an unprecedented look at the rewards and reckonings of Rousseau’s master plan. The many thousands of pages of internal conversations, which originated on internal Rocket.Chat boards for prospective recruits and members, depict a group highly focused on the recruitment of ardent nationalists and segregationists, and of Hitler-worshiping fascists who’ve grown tired of concealing fantasies of enacting his Final Solution.
The internal communications further reveal an organization that, despite having been publicly accused repeatedly in the commission of crimes across the country—namely, the defacement and destruction of public works of art that confront and illuminate racial and social inequality—has simply continued unabated, routinely planning and executing what are essentially hate crimes, in spirit if not under the law, while facing virtually no personal or legal consequences.
“As our recent actions have shown we can walk down busy avenues at prime time in Seattle and deface the largest most well protected mural in shitlib Olympia without so much as being accosted once,” a member who goes by Clarke WA wrote on Nov. 18.
Patriot Front did not yet respond to Gizmodo’s request for comment about the leak and its contents.
So what do you think?
Is Patriot Front a legitimate hate group?
Was this leak real?
Or is this an elaborate set-up by the Feds, as some online users are claiming?
Or do you think the truth is somewhere in-between?
It’s impossible to know, of course, but social media is off the charts with these rumors.
Let us know your perspective in the comments section below!