‘Thought crime FED bullsh*t’: Critics cry foul over arrest of alleged ‘white nationalists’ at Pride event

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Critics cried foul this Saturday after a group of right-wing men allegedly linked to white nationalism were arrested in the Idaho community of Coeur d’Alene not for actually rioting at a gay pride event but rather for wanting to riot at said event.

Considering that cops nationwide frequently allow left-wing extremists to “get away with” actual rioting, it seemed like the height of bull for the police to suddenly decide to arrest a group of right-wing men on suspicion of wanting to riot, critics said.

The bizarre series of events that led to their arrest began “when a concerned person called police around 1:38 p.m.” and reported “seeing the group loading” items, including masks and shields, into a U-Haul truck, according to station KREM.

The group of men “looked like a little army,” the caller told them. Coeur d’Alene police spotted the U-Haul roughly 10 minutes later and promptly stopped it.

“Police and deputies surrounded the truck and when they opened it up they found dozens of men in the back, all wearing the same clothes, including khakis, with navy blue shirts, beige hats, and a white cloth covering their faces,” according to KREM.

“Based on evidence collected at the scene and documents police found in the U-haul, [Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee] White said that they believe the group was planning to riot in several areas of downtown Coeur d’Alene, not just the park [where the event was being held].”

“It appears they did not come here to engage in peaceful events,” Kootenai County Sheriff Bob Norris reportedly said.

And so based on this “appearance,” the police arrested the men on charges of conspiracy to riot.


The group of men has since been identified as Patriot Front, an alleged white nationalist group. Yet strangely enough, the group’s manifesto, posted online, doesn’t contain a single instance of the word white or Caucasian.

Instead it speaks about wanting “a return to the traditions and virtues of our forefathers.” Their “forefathers” are described as “the varied nations and cultures of Europe,” a continent brimming with non-white countries.

However, the group does claim that one can only be an American “through blood” — the blood, presumably, of European people.

“Those of foreign birth may occupy civil status within the lands occupied by the state, and they may even be dutiful citizens, yet they may not be American. Membership within the American nation is inherited through blood, not ink,” the manifesto reads.

“Even those born in America may yet be foreign. Nationhood cannot be bestowed upon those who are not of the founding stock of our people, and those who do not share the common spirit that permeates our greater civilization, and the European diaspora.”

Critics say that, regardless of the group’s beliefs, their arrest is highly suspicious and troubling given that they didn’t actually engage in any rioting.

Even the following Twitter user, who’s clearly no fan of the group, admitted that the “conspiracy to riot” charge sounded like “some thought crime FED bullshit.” (*Language warning):

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Notice the prevailing theory that some of the members of Patriot Front were themselves federal agents.

This theory is based on what happened in Michigan, where a group of men were arrested in 2020 for allegedly plotting to kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Yet it was later learned that the group was comprised almost entirely of federal agents, and that said agents had in fact orchestrated the whole plot from beginning to end.

According to Alissa Azar, a woman who witnessed the group’s arrest Saturday, the cops told her “that they got arrested because of the feds in their group chats.”

This claim contradicts what KREM reported, so its accuracy is unclear. However, it’d certainly fit with what’s known about how the feds operate.

That being said, Fox News notes that Police Chief White said that “police were tipped off by a civilian and not by a law enforcement informant within the Patriot Front which some on social media had claimed.”


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