Yesterday was the anniversary (?) of the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre. Last night we learned that some hate group called Patriot Front was planning an attack on Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, a city of about 50,000 near the border with Washington. Coeur d’Alene was having its Pride celebration:
Police in Idaho arrested 31 people who had face coverings, white-supremacist insignia, shields and an “operations plan” to riot near an LGBTQ Pride event on Saturday afternoon. Police said they were affiliated with Patriot Front, a white-supremacist group whose founder was among those arrested.
If the name sounds familiar to you, well, it might be because…
Many of those arrested were wearing logos representing Patriot Front, which rebranded after one of its members plowed his car into a crowd of people protesting a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017, killing Heather Heyer and injuring dozens.
Look, it’s all happening again. America got lucky because someone noticed something and tipped the police. We might not be so lucky next time. No one’s right to exist should be up to debate, not LGBTQ people, not people of color, not women, no one, and in a country awash in guns and empowered theocrats, history is going to repeat itself.