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Inside a 'Patriot Party' rally where Trump loyalists search for a path forward

February 23, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

There are multiple national Patriot Party Telegram channels and groups in every state.

Walker said he wanted to get Patriot Party types elected to local government.

When CNN pointed out that the Proud Boys were there, Schwetz said, "I don't know, I never heard of them, never heard of those guys. "

In a video later posted to Telegram, Schwetz said, "We got our boys here. "

(In a video recorded minutes later in the same parking lot and then posted to the Patriot Party of PA Telegram channel, Schwetz did blame antifa, saying, "We came back earlier because of threats being made on telegram by antifa.

When asked, repeatedly, how he reconciled the fact that he'd said the event had nothing to do with the Proud Boys and yet there they were, Schwetz responded, "I have asked you to be respectful about the fact that it was a Patriot Party event.

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