In the aftermath of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, which resulted in the death of activist Heather Heyer, the white nationalist organization Patriot Front was founded as a breakaway 'sect' of explicitly Neo-Nazi group Vanguard America. The founders of Patriot Front sought to avoid the use of outright Neo-Nazi imagery, using a more palatable facade of 'patriotism' to, in terms of alt-right gamer vocabulary, hide their power level.
The Patriot Front group made a big show of being present at this weekend's anti-choice rally in DC, as intrepid Daily Beast journalist Zachary Petrizzo reported:
These right-wingers wore the more 'respectable' uniform of khakis and matching jackets rather than the more explicitly fascist trappings of older Neo-Nazi groups, but the improvised metal shields belie the group's willingness to engage in violence. More importantly, the true nature of Patriot Front has been revealed in a massive data dump, including internet chat logs, arranged by activist organization Unicorn Riot:
The ‘March for Life’ has been derailed by the white nationalist & neo-Nazi hate group Patriot Front. pic.twitter.com/A45CmHzBCF— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) January 21, 2022
Some of the leaked material puts the lie to any pose that Patriot Front is not a Neo-Nazi organization:
NEW: Patriot Front Fascist Leak Exposes Nationwide Racist Campaigns— Unicorn Riot (@UR_Ninja) January 21, 2022
An extensive leak from inside the neo-nazi group exposes their coordinated national efforts to engage in racial intimidation: https://t.co/KTEqyQy9gh pic.twitter.com/3dGp6XynVw
At the DC march, activists informed Patriot Front members that their personal information and private communications had been leaked:
Patriot Front had its data leaked. This video sums them up pretty nicely:— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) January 21, 2022
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
While not wanting to downplay the threat posed to marginalized communities by these Neo-Nazis, once again I am moved to declare: Thank goodness these people are idiots. I hate Neo-Nazi numbnuts.
ADDENDUM: This is remarkable, it's funny how people don't like assholes who descend on their city to terrorize them.