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Idaho police arrest 31 members of white supremacist group planning to riot near Pride event

Planning to stage a riot near an LGBTQ pride event in northwest Idaho, more than two dozen members of a white supremacist group have been arrested.

According to Coeur D’Alene Police Chief Lee White, 31 members of the Patriot Front face misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot.

A passerby dialed 911 after seeing a small army getting into a U-haul truck and they were wearing white face masks and shields.

When police stopped the truck about 10 minutes later, they discovered that all of the men inside were wearing similar khaki pants, blue shirts, white face masks and baseball caps.

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According to White, at least one smoke grenade, shields and shin guards as well as documents including a “plan of operations” were recovered from the truck.

All of the men arrested were from Orthodox Republican-ruled states that this year passed a slew of bills targeting transgender youth.

As transgender rights emerge as a major front in America’s culture wars, the rush for Republican-sponsored legislation comes ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, Patriot Front formed following the 2017 white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., when it split from Vanguard America, another extremist organization.

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