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Thirty-one members of one of the most active white nationalist groups in the US are facing criminal charges after a local Idaho police department made a mass arrest. The members of the fascist group, which formed in the wake of the racist "Unite the Right" rally in Virginia, were arrested on charges of conspiracy to riot. Police officials said the group, which they discovered packed into the back of a U-Haul truck, had been prepared to disrupt a local Pride celebration. We know a lot about the organization and its members.

A vehicle drives into a group of protesters demonstrating against a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, 2017.

There is a neo-fascist organization called thePatriot Front. One of the racist groups that rioted during the "Unite the Right" rally was estimated to have 200 members. James Alex Fields, who was sentenced to life in prison for killing her, was photographed marching with a group of people. The violence in Virginia resulted in the splintering of the group.

Patriot Front marches along Constitution Avenue a head of the March for Life, an anti abortion demonstration, in Washington, D.C. on January 21, 2022.

The Southern Poverty Law Center says that thePatriot Front rehabilitated the fascist agenda with garish patriotism. Rather than violence, the group prefers acts of criminal vandalization, which can be seen on apps like Telegram and Discord. The group requires its members to vandalize statues and murals of civil rights leaders if they want to keep their jobs. The group used U-Hauls for a march on the Lincoln Memorial that left them stranded, as well as a single U-Haul disgorging them into the streets of Idaho, where they were arrested.

Leaked chats published by Unicorn Riot include photos of murals defaced by Patriot Front members.

A series of internal leaks published by the nonprofit media outlet Unicorn Riot and analyzed by Gizmodo have exposed some of the secrets of the organization. Code names are used by members who are shown regularly boasting about their crimes. A group of people covered a mural with their motto: "Reclaim America". The members arrested in Idaho wore t-shirts with the phrase on them. These crimes have been flaunted by the group. One wrote in a leaked chat last November that they were able to walk down busy avenues in Seattle at night and deface the most protected mural in the city without being accosted.

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Over the years, leaks show that the front has become paranoid and has been less able to recruit online. It's a big concern for infiltration. Anti-fascists groups around the country have repeatedly targeted members of the Patriot Front, exposing their identities and leading to them being linked to Nazism. The group's recruiters have tried to come up with ways of interviewing potential members to make sure they don't expose their private communications or report their activities to law enforcement. The group has created cover stories when operating in public and tried to train members in remote public parks to not be seen.

Members of the rightwing group Patriot Front march along the National Mall near the Lincoln Memorial on December 04, 2021 in Washington, DC.

According to internal chats and the SPLC, those who fail to hint at a belief in the "Jewish Question" are usually turned away from the group. According to leaked chats, the group preaches conspiracy theories about Jews controlling the world's economies. The main goal of the Patriot Front is to establish a White ethnostate in the U.S. It is also a fascist organization. Democracy has failed in this once-great nation and the time of the Republic has passed, according to the group.

A booking image shows Thomas Ryan Rousseau, who was arrested on June 11, 2022 in downtown Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho.

Rousseau grew up in a suburb north of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. He was one of 31 people arrested for disrupting the Pride event. Rousseau was arrested in August 2020 in Texas for placing stickers on signs outside of a courthouse to promote his group. Last week, members were arrested from Texas, Utah, Washington, Colorado, South Dakota, Alabama, Wyoming, Oregon, Illinois, Arkansas and Missouri. Rousseau's group had around 300 members according to a ProPublica report. Police officials said they received death threats after the Idaho arrests.

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