After dozens of members of the white nationalist group Patriot Front were arrested for allegedly planning to provoke violence at an Idaho Pride event, a mother of one of the members revealed that she was so disgusted with her son’s actions that she kicked him out of the house.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Karen Amsden, the mother of Jared Michael Boyce, said that said she was going public with hopes of damaging her son’s reputation with the group and to steer him away from extremism.
“I would love to do whatever I can to out him [as a Patriot Front member] so that he can’t be a part of it,” Amsden said, “and that they don’t want him to be a part of their group because his mom has loose lips and a big mouth and he’s never going to get away with anything.”
These are the faces and names of the members of the neo-nazi cult Patriot Front who were arrested yesterday in Idaho for conspiring to riot at a Pride event.
— Kristofer Goldsmith (@KrisGoldsmith85) June 12, 2022
She went on to say that her son vowed to stay with the group after he was arrested, so she’s giving him a choice.
“I told him, ‘Well, then you can’t live here. You can choose between Patriot Front and your family,’” she said, “and he’s like, ‘Well, I can’t quit Patriot Front.’ I’m like, ‘Well, then you’ve just chosen. So pack your stuff and get out of my house.’”
Boyce, 27, of Utah, was among 31 members who were arrested after they were seen climbing into a U-Haul truck. The truck was reportedly packed with riot gear, shields and a smoke grenade, along with an “operations plan” for storming the event.
“Don’t believe the media, mom,” Boyce said according to his mother. “We were just there because they’re grooming kids.”
“This is not who I raised. This is not the example that was set for him,” she said.