Watch: Live Footage Of White Nationalists Marching Through D.C. Shouting ‘Reclaim America!’

Saturday, a group of masked white nationalists marched through Washington D.C.’s National Mall and they were escorted by Metropolitan Police. The group included more than 100 members of the white nationalist group Patriot Front, a group comprised of people who self-identify as neo-Nazi, neo-fascists, and white supremacists.

The marchers were wearing white face masks, blue jackets, and were wearing khaki caps and khaki pants. As they marched, they were shouting into bullhorns the phrases “Reclaim America!” and “Life, Liberty, Victory!”

WUSA9 reporter Mike Valerio captured live footage and tweeted it, along with multiple photos. Valerio says that the group was marching through his neighborhood.

Valerio is a five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist who serves as a White House correspondent for WUSA9. He shared these videos on his Facebook page with this caption.

“Nazis marched through my neighborhood today. We didn’t know they were coming. No one showed their face, or gave their name. They’re part of the group, “Patriot Front.” Chants of “Reclaim America” echoed near the Capitol. Police sirens. Neighbors intimidated. The first man I noticed had a bullhorn labeled “Truth.” He was my age. He said he’d be back. I’ve always gone to places where we *knew* this would happen. Planned protests. Charlottesville. This was different. This was new for 3rd and Mass Ave, NW. This was not normal for Feb. 8, 2020. Or was[n’t].”

The Southern Poverty Law Center identifies Patriot Front as an offshoot of a similar organization, Vanguard America. Apparently, Patriot Front broke away from the larger organization following the deadline 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Perhaps even more troubling that the video footage shown here is that there didn’t seem to be any counter-protest movements standing up to the group. These racists marched from the Lincoln Memorial to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, finishing at a nearby Walmart parking garage.

The group was under escort by dozens of police, with some even being on a bicycle. So far, there’s no word as to how they even obtained a permit for the march, according to The New York Times.

Here’s my question: what or who do they want to reclaim America from? There was no counter-protest. Either people who care didn’t know or they’ve grown too weary to try to fight. Who are the reclaiming America from? No one is even fighting them anymore.

Featured image via Twitter

Tiffany Willis Clark is a fifth-generation Texan and the founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America and AmReading.com. An unapologetic member of the Christian Left, she had a long and successful career actively working with at-risk youth, people struggling with poverty and unemployment, and disadvantaged and oppressed populations. She’s passionate about their struggles. In 2011, she made the decision to pursue her dreams and become a full-time writer. Connect with her on LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page.