A group of alleged white nationalists caused a stir by peacefully marching through downtown Boston this weekend.
The group Patriot Front marched while wearing face coverings and carrying shields and flags.
“Many were U.S. flags, with at least one flown upside-down and many showing just the 13 stars in a circle for the original U.S. colonies, as well as flags featuring different designs. Many flags also had a stylized version of the symbol that represented Benito Mussolini’s National Fascist Party,” according to the Boston Herald.
Mayor Wu’s response to The Patriot Front group marching in Boston.
“To the white supremacists who ran through downtown today: When we march, we don’t hide our faces. Your hate is as cowardly as it is disgusting, and it goes against all that Boston stands for.”#7News pic.twitter.com/t8e2DIHOQC
— Juliana Mazza (@julianamazzatv) July 2, 2022
Patriot Front in Boston for independence day pic.twitter.com/k9sBvH86rX
— DEMOCRACYFAN129 (@DEMOCRACYFAN129) July 2, 2022
What apparently upset local officials the most was the group’s face masks, ironically enough.
“To the white supremacists who ran through downtown today: When we march, we don’t hide our faces. Your hate is as cowardly as it is disgusting, and it goes against all that Boston stands for,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, a Democrat, tweeted.
Note that then-Mayor-elect Wu said nothing when masked left-wing Antifa extremists attacked anti-vaccine mandate protesters last year.
BOSTON: A skirmish breaks out between vaccine mandate protesters and ANTIFA losers dressed in black bloc
Punches can be seen being thrown
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) November 7, 2021
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 7, 2021
“I’m outraged and disgusted at the white supremacist group protesting today in #Boston. It’s critical to call out hate and intimidation when we see it, educate children on horrors of the past & stand w/the Jewish community, our immigrant neighbors & communities of color,” Boston City Council president Ed Flynn added in a tweet of his own.
Notice how both Wu and Flynn accused Patriot French of espousing “hate” and intimidating locals.
Yet video footage shows them just marching, minding their own business. If anything, the counter-protesters who harassed them seemed far more hateful and intimidating.
Case in point:
*BREAKING* Patriot Front Members are confronted the moment they got off of a train at the Orange Line in Cambridge Massachusetts. The police can be seen protecting Patriot Front members. Media Credit Rod Webber#Cambridge #PatriotFront #AltRight #Boston pic.twitter.com/pRKlLqd7Yq
— TheFamily’sSoup TV (@FamilysSoupTV) July 2, 2022
Note also how both Wu and Flynn referred to Patriot Front as a white supremacist group. It is not in fact a white supremacist group. It’s not clear that it’s even a white nationalist group.
As previously reported, 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.
To the white supremacists who ran through downtown today:
When we march, we don’t hide our faces. Your hate is as cowardly as it is disgusting, and it goes against all that Boston stands for.
— Michelle Wu 吳弭 (@wutrain) July 2, 2022
I’m outraged and disgusted at the white supremacist group protesting today in #Boston. It’s critical to call out hate and intimidation when we see it, educate children on horrors of the past & stand w/the Jewish community, our immigrant neighbors & communities of color. #bospoli pic.twitter.com/9SH1F7cIrO
— Ed Flynn 愛德華費連 (@EdforBoston) July 2, 2022
The group last made headlines in in June, when they were arrested in the Idaho community of Coeur d’Alene on suspicion that they wanted to riot at a gay pride event.
The 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.
“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],” according to KREM.
“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.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 12, 2022
Not everybody believes the group is real. There’s a going theory that either the group or at least some of its members are 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.
Oh look the FBI is playing dress up again 🤣🤣🤣🤣
The Patriot Front 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/3v1n99tZKi
— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) July 3, 2022
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