Law enforcement not confirming Patriot Front’s existence in Vermont beyond posters and stickers

As stickers of the elusive Patriot Front group start to pop up again in Vermont, local law enforcement continue not to be able to confirm that the group physically exists within the state.

“We’ve seen them pop up randomly and I know that they have been here previous to me starting here,” St. Albans Police Chief Maurice Lamothe told True North in an interview Tuesday. “We have not positively identified anyone that’s put them up at this point.”

St. Albans has been the subject of mysterious white nationalist stickers and a “blackface” incident.

“They have been put on more or less public property — meaning signs, some telephone poles, power boxes. That type of stuff is historically where they have been located at this time, and they are in very populated areas: the public park, Main Street, stuff like that.”

Lamothe added that no conclusive investigations have identified the group or its purpose.

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A white supremacist group called Patriot Front is having its stickers show up across the state, but so far law enforcement has little else to confirm the group actually exists in Vermont.

“I have no way of knowing who put them up or what their purpose was,” he said.

“I haven’t talked to a single other agency that has identified anybody, so I don’t know. We haven’t had any further action, we haven’t had any protests, any people that stand out or show up at events. All we’re getting is propaganda.”

He said the actions are hurting the community, no matter who is responsible.

“I wish that they didn’t because it doesn’t lend to our community and what we are trying to build here — you know a united equitable community,” he said. “It’s not good for that thought process and it was disheartening for us at the department.”

When asked for details about Patriot Front, Adam Silverman, public information officer for the Vermont State Police, referred True North to the group’s website, and to profiles written by groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“VSP does not track protected First Amendment activities of groups in the state. You may find more information on Patriot Front’s own website, in various news reports in Vermont, and from organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center that track hate groups,” he wrote.

Patriot Front has not responded to TNR’s request for comment. The group is often described as a fringe conservative group that wears masks in public so that media and witnesses can see them while remaining anonymous.

News reports on the group’s presence in Vermont typically consist of vague details related to the presence of stickers and posters.

“In Vermont, Patriot Front has been active since 2018,” stated a Buzzfeed article last October.

“One of its most disturbing incidents came in 2019, months after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, when the Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, an LGBTQ center, and the Burlington Free Press, which had been doggedly reporting on the group, were vandalized,” the article on Buzzfeed states.

On social media, the Patriot Front stickers are the main evidence used to say that white supremacists are abundant.

Social justice activists continue to claim, without evidence, that racism is pervasive in the state.

When Vermont’s executive director of racial equity, Xusana Davis, met with environmentalists in June, she said, “You have to cage your heart in preparation for hate and wear this private armor and hear from people with lived experience. … We have members of dominant groups who just live where they want to live because they want to live there, and considerations don’t necessarily hinge on where will I be safe.”

In 2019, Williston Police Sgt. Bart Chamberlain told True North that, despite reports of the stickers appearing in the Williston area, there was no tangible evidence of the group’s existence there either.

“This is my 26th year that I’ve worked here, (and) in all my professional career I am not aware of any members of such group that reside here in Williston,” he said.

Michael Bielawski is a reporter for True North. Send him news tips at bielawski82@yahoo.com and follow him on Twitter @TrueNorthMikeB.

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9 thoughts on “Law enforcement not confirming Patriot Front’s existence in Vermont beyond posters and stickers

  1. This has the smell of a ‘lefty’ hoax all over it! Come on people…..how many times are we going to fall for this crap!?! My guess is the left created this fake group to use in their gaslighting lies in their feeble attempts to try to show that America (in this case VT) is systemically racist. If I’m wrong and this is a real white supremacy group then they suck at it if their biggest crime is slappin’ stickers on stuff. At the very most they have only proved what we all know which is YES THERE ARE SOME RACIST PEOPLE IN AMERICA BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN AMERICA IS SYSTEMICALLY RACIST. Applying this same ‘formula’ to politicians would be closer to the truth.
    And lets be clear, ‘white’ is not a real race. My ancestors were Czech, Portuguese, Irish, French & Indian. I am an American regardless of my skin color & that is how I view my fellow Americans regardless of their skin color and that is what our children already know unless they are TAUGHT otherwise.

  2. Gauzy ‘evidence’ a red flag…sounds more like a false-flag headfake than an actual group. Catching a whiff of Bolshevik Bernie’s thug-life Antifa goons – the leader of the terrorist wing of the MarxistDemocrat Party. Plotline plays into the “systemic racism” lie which portrays VT as a racist outpost and keeps the Racial Equity parasytes in business – if they had to get a real job they’d starve to death.

    Decoding the downfall one facepalm at a time 😀

  3. Well, gol-lee, Sergeant Carter, we got some real gomers up in this thread.
    I’ll tell you what. You want to find Patriot Front? Find a reason to arrest one particularly toxic and unapologetic racist, hate filled, homophobic preacher man (JK -and that does not mean “just kidding”) and see who comes to bail his sorry, unshowered self out.

  4. does this not describe all Vermonts, and indeed Americans, over the past 18 months?
    No? No self-awareness surfacing?

    “Patriot Front has not responded to TNR’s request for comment. The group is often described as a fringe conservative group that wears masks in public so that media and witnesses can see them while remaining anonymous.”

    Pot stirring.
    Wag the dog.
    Divide and conquer.
    Propaganda.
    Much ado about astroturfing would make more sense.

  5. Could be a set up/false flag. trying to set people up. Like the supposed attempt on the Gov. of Michigan.

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