31 Members of Far-Right Group Arrested at Idaho Pride Event

    31 Members of Far-Right Group Arrested at Idaho Pride Event
    Photo: North Country Off Grid/Youtube/Reuters [via New York Post]

    The Facts

    • 31 members of the white nationalist group Patriot Front, including their national leader, were arrested on Sat. for allegedly attempting to start a riot at a Pride march in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.

    • Members of the group were found in the back of a U-Haul truck that contained riot gear. The city's Police Chief alleged at a press conference that the group was planning to riot in multiple areas of the city's downtown.


    The Spin

    Right narrative

    Patriot Front is a bonafide hate group, and its members deserve to be arrested for planning to disrupt a peaceful event for transgender people and their families. But are they dangerous? Probably no more so than Antifa and elements of BLM - these groups are also comprised of radicals whose actions often fall short of their grandiose rhetoric.

    Left narrative

    Idaho is becoming a ground zero for the far-right in America. The state has become a magnet for extremists who work in lockstep with elements of the GOP to assume control of governance, and cruelly target all opposition. Abuse of LGBTQ+ and minority communities is increasingly prevalent in the state, and the entire country needs to pay close attention to what this means for the evolution of America's right-wing.


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