This Saturday, October 21st, there is a planned “Freedom Rally” at the Capitol in Denver. The Rally is being organized by one “Ty Freedom” of militia group “American Freedom Keepers.” AFK bills themselves as a kind of radical centrist militia, espousing the usual claims about the constitution. They generally seem less fanatical than the III%ers, and they have been seen here in Colorado Springs waving American flags on the Bijou/I25 overpass.
The “patriot movement” keeps its members whipped to a frothy, red, white, and blue lather through its elaborate network of live-stream pundits. Taking cues from Alex Jones and Infowars, pages like Patriot Media signal-boost angry rants recorded live on iphones and laptops from people in baseball caps worked up about trans people, gun rights, or Starbucks’ holiday cup. Their vitriolic 15-minute polemics attempt to galvanize their audience into taking political action or attending their latest rally.
Joe Geneva is a new addition to Patriot Media. Though his facebook page claims he works at “Fugitive Recovery Agency,” which seems to be some kind of bounty-hunting organization if it isn’t just another proud patriot without any actual ties to the military or law enforcement trying to look tough on the internet, he actually works at Brandon Dodge on Broadway in Littleton, Colorado.
Geneva’s live streams, like this one, hit the usual targets: liberals are bad, Trump is great, and antifa are pathetic weaklings but also a violent threat. Geneva reserves particular rancor for the LGBTQIA+ community, complaining about homosexual men and lamenting the “feminization of the American male.” Geneva frequently espouses child abuse for any gender variant children, urging parents to “smack the shit out” of their kids if they exhibit any kind gender expansive behavior or if they begin to sympathize with leftist causes. Geneva pushes the consistently debunked idea that being trans is a mental illness, calling trans people “freaks” and other slurs.
Unfortunately Geneva doesn’t leave his bullying and harassing tactics at home, but he brings them to work with him. As a salesman at Brandon Dodge on Broadway, Geneva films customers while he is taking them on test drives and then mocks the customer’s political views on his facebook page.
Please Joe, learn some professionalism and leave the politics at home. Also, stop being a transphobic, homophobic prick. Enjoy the hetero-normativity of unemployment.
Joe Geneva is no longer employed by Brandon Dodge on Broadway. You can watch his meltdown stream here. Skip to about 2:15.