Creep of the Week: Patriot Front
The Pulse nightclub massacre happened six years ago, but things haven’t gotten any safer for LGBTQ people
Pride month is here and what a month it has been so far. It’s great to see photos of the many Pride events and marches across the country and the world. It’s NOT so great to see pictures of masked right-wing terrorists who planned to “disrupt” a Pride event in Idaho.
According to the Idaho Statesman, 31 men from the Patriot Front group (rather “Patriot Fail”, amirite?) “wearing khakis, blue shirts and coats, white balaclavas and baseball caps” had piled into a U -Haul with riot gear and paperwork “that looked like a police or military operations plan” and headed for the Pride event.
Fortunately, someone saw these losers pile into the U-Haul in a hotel parking lot and called the police to report them, resulting in the arrest and arrest of the crew.
After celebrating the sixth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre on June 12, I think it’s safe to say that things haven’t improved in the past six years for LGBTQ people in the United States. Or for anyone, really, other than the handful of billionaires who amass most of this country’s wealth and get richer, no matter how shitty things get for the rest of us.
Since Pulse, we’ve done (check notes) FUCK ALL about gun violence in the United States, right-wing domestic terrorists have flourished, and LGBTQ people have repeatedly been the target of hate and political attack. While most Americans consider these three things to be very terrible and unacceptable, the Republican Party literally sees them as three things checked off their to-do list.
Republicans are anti-gun control of all kinds, see right-wing extremists as “the good guys” and black Americans sick and tired of being murdered by police as the real enemies. They’re also continually pushing legislation to punish LGBTQ people, whether it’s accusing parents of transgender children of child abuse, banning Drag Queen story time from public libraries, or featuring candidates who say all LGBTQ people should be executed.
This is the Republican Party today, y’all.
So while I’d love to be shocked that a small army of angry, insecure white men were on their way to fuck up Pride, I’m not. It’s literally the next logical scene in the horrible script this country has been writing for years. Frankly, I hate this movie. Alas, I’m trapped in it.
Mark Burns is currently a candidate for Congress in South Carolina, who says the country should execute those who commit treason, including Sens Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham for their support of gun control (a completely laughable claim , because they both made it very clear that the massacre of elementary school students is just the cost of doing business for the United Guns of America) and LGBTQ people and anyone who supports LGBTQ people.
“LGBT, transgender grooming [of] the minds of our children are a threat to national security because they are ultimately designed to destabilize the republic we call the United States of America,” Burns says in one of the many right-wing shows that exist on the internet. “That’s why when I’m elected, I don’t just want to vote; I want to start holding people accountable for treason to the Constitution.
And what are we to do with those who commit treason?
“We need to detain people for treason, start holding public hearings, and start executing those convicted of their acts of treason against the Constitution of the United States of America, just as they did in 1776,” he said.
That’s a wild thing to say. Especially since Burns, who is black, apparently decided to ignore this country’s long history of white mobs acting as judge, jury and executioner and hanging black people from trees. Or maybe he believes in the “critical race theory” propaganda that his party pushes so hard to literally whitewash the history of the United States. It’s a stretch to say that the United States was at its best in the late 1700s.
Burns is not the first, and he will not be the last, to publicly call for violence against LGBTQ people. It’s just that these calls came from fringe elements of society, not from one of the two main political parties in the country.
And in a county that has more guns than people, we know where that leads. People are going to die.
I want everyone to celebrate being yourself and the historic progress LGBTQ people have made since Stonewall.
And then, I want us all to channel our energy into ousting every Republican we can at every level of government, from school board to city council, from state races to federal. Our lives depend on it.