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Posted 23 February 2021 - 05:28 PM

This is a topic for all things about the attempt to form the Patriot Party, a full-on pro-Trump splinter from the Republican Party.

First up we have some dipshit in Pennsylvania named Richard Schwetz, and who goes by Dick Sweats online (I shit thee not), trying to figure out why the media keeps tying them to the Proud Boys. He's admitted to being a member of the Proud Boys. Other Proud Boys members show up at Patriot Party events. He created Patriot Party merch using the same colors the Proud Boys use. Uuuuuhhhh duh, Dick.

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The "Patriot Party" is somewhere between a meme and a movement of Trump loyalists.

The idea and, perhaps just as important, the logo, have been circulating on social media since last summer. But after the Capitol riot and swearing-in of President Joe Biden, Patriot Party groups have formed and multiplied, mostly on Telegram, where they share memes, disinformation and commentary in chaotic channels in all 50 states.

Before it was removed from Facebook, one Patriot Party group had more than 12,000 members. One post that was removed read: "We need to organize our militia ... Wars are won with guns.. an when they silence your commander in chief you are in a war."

On February 6, one Patriot Party group held its first organized public rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, which was billed as an "awareness march." Only about 30 people showed up, not much happened and it was over in a couple of hours. But at its conclusion, when CNN returned to the parking lot, some attendees had changed their clothes. At least eight were wearing Proud Boys hoodies. They were shouting that their cars had been vandalized. They would not explain the wardrobe change and were angry at the question.

The energy and anger that fueled the Trump movement and the January 6 Capitol riot are still out there, swirling around, and it's not clear yet who's going to seize them and to what ends. At the moment, it appears the Patriot Party is becoming one vessel for that energy. But even those within it are not sure who their comrades are.

The "awareness march" was organized by a man named Richard "Dick" Schwetz. Schwetz, who often goes by Dick Sweats online and who indicated his name had posed a challenge for most of his life, has publicly, on video, said he's a Proud Boy. But as he waited in the parking lot for a bus full of women that was supposedly coming from Pittsburgh that never showed, Schwetz denied this event had anything to do with that group.

"This isn't about the Proud Boys. It's about the Patriot Party," he said. Asked if the Patriot Party was putting a friendlier face, with a cute lion logo, on more violent actors, like militias or the Proud Boys, Schwetz said, "Stop. See that's where you guys go. You go too deep."

CNN then pointed to the pile of merchandise visible in the back of Schwetz's car, which included hats with the Patriot Party logo in the Proud Boys' black-and-gold colors. Was that intended to look like the Proud Boys? Schwetz said, "No, I don't, I -- I just had yellow vinyl. I'm sorry. That's all I had left over."

Schwetz told CNN that one reason for the rally was to "set up official Patriot Party representatives."

"The only way we could figure out to do that, since we're all deplatformed from every single social media outlet there is, is by meeting up in person and doing it the old-fashioned way. I got the pen and paper and everything," Schwetz said. It's hard to tell who's for real online, he admitted. "It's a digital world. It's unfortunate."

In the last days of his presidency, Donald Trump floated the idea of starting a new party, CNN has reported. The Wall Street Journal reported he wanted to call it the Patriot Party. Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller then told CNN that Trump is not currently considering launching a third party.

But some of his followers are trying to do it themselves. The Trump campaign had to file a notice with the Federal Election Commission that it had "no affiliation" with a Patriot Party that had claimed in its own filing to be working with Trump's campaign.

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