31 white supremacists apprehended attempting to target Pride march in Idaho
In another terrifying turn as politics gets ever more toxic in the USA, a gang of far-right white supremacists have been caught trying to riot at a Pride event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Thanks to a tip-off from a local person who spotted the men armed with masks and shields getting into a lorry, the rioters were stopped just outside of Coeur d’Alene’s Pride in the Park which was being held by the North Idaho Pride Alliance. The Police Chief of Coeur d’Alene, Lee White said: “They came to riot downtown.”
Not only is today the anniversary of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando but this week also saw the first televised public hearing of the horrific riot at the Capitol building on Jan 6 last year. The 31 captured men are yet to speak publicly about the proposed riot but they belong to a group called Patriot Front which was formed in 2017 after the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
These are terrifying times in America, especially if you are queer. When one of the two main parties has ostensibly been radicalised and participants of the Jan 6 riots are RUNNING FOR GOVERNMENT this year in the mid-terms, it’s NEVER been more important to register to vote.
They are all in the thrall of twice-impeached Donald Trump who is now no more than a glorified cult leader and almost a dead cert to run again in 2024 on a platform of lies and autocracy. The right-wing cohorts he has placed in the Supreme Court are likely to overturn Roe V. Wade with gay marriage most likely not far behind.
With lunatics like Marjorie Taylor Greene, Ron DeSantis and Lauren Boebert already in positions of power and actively working against the rights of LGBTQ+ people, this is not the time to be faint-hearted. They will stop at nothing to reduce the visibility and rights of queer people as well as eradicate the hard won progress made in the United States for the LGBTQ+ community.