This past Saturday, Patriot Front held a rally in Washington DC. They didn’t brawl with police or Antifa. They were masked up and didn’t get doxxed. They weren’t obese. They didn’t center their march around Covid or Donald Trump. They didn’t break into the capitol. They didn’t accuse democrats of being the fascists or the real racists. They were unapologetically pro-White.
Many of these facts seemed to trigger conservatives, “mainstream” and alt-lite alike, into a massive frenzy. How many of these people encouraged stopthesteal? Or the January 6th protest itself? Speaking of January 6th, one of the main reasons that people got doxxed (in addition to Baked Alaska’s livestream) was because their faces were completely uncovered. Now many of these same commentators supposedly think its somehow suspicious that Patriot Front wasn’t that foolish.
However, there is one thing I agree with rightwing media on and that is that this demonstration was not made up of conservatives. As mentioned previously this was a pro-White demonstration. GOP-adjacent conspiracies centered around the 2020 election, a “communist takeover” and the “vaccine holocaust” were nowhere to be found (from what I saw).
Furthermore, this proves once again that paleocons aren’t actually interested in “optics” or “appealing to normies.” When they talk about optics and reaching normies, they mostly mean doubling down on militarized boomer talking points, maybe the most unoptical political faction in America after trans rights activism. Optics to them just means being conservative. This is why they attack groups like the NJP and PF despite them all being well dressed with a clear cohesive message that resonates with normal people (not to mention a vetting process to protect their members). The only legitimate criticism I can see of Patriot Front is their American Flag symbolism. Other than that, I support them.
Maybe the strangest takes from this were supposed conservatives disavowing the PF members literally because they weren’t fat and that’s how they knew PF wasn’t a rightwing conservative group. I’m not sure if this was just trolling by ourguys or a really bad self-own. What do you guys think?