PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - State Rep. Sara Innamorato, D-Lawrenceville, took to Twitter on Thursday to express her thoughts after she says a white supremacist group left behind stickers outside her office building on Butler Street.
Tweets on her account showed two images with stickers that read "BETTER DEAD THAN RED" and links to the website for the group Patriot Front.
"The Patriot Front is a white supremacist, neo-Nazi group who uses taglines like 'Keep America American', 'Deport Them All', 'Not Stolen:Conquered' [...] They espouse hate, racism, antisemitism, & anti-Muslim & anti-immigrant views," the representative's tweet read in part.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Patriot Front is a "white nationalist hate group that broke off from Vanguard America in the aftermath of the deadly 'Unite the Right' rally" in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017.
Innamorato's staffers told KDKA that they turned the photos over to community group Lawrenceville United, which then made a report with the FBI.
"We say hate has no home here, but it is here, and it's up to us to do something about it," another tweet from Innamorato's account read. "It's up to us to fight for a fair and just society and economy where we all thrive. It's on us to call out bigotry and intolerance. It's on us to build a future that includes us all."
An FBI spokesperson said the agency could not confirm or deny that an investigation exists in relation to this case, but encouraged anyone to report these types of incidents, according to our news partner the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Propaganda like this forced community groups to address similar issues back in January after the postings of KKK symbols, swastikas and other materials.
Lawrenceville United held a public forum where the FBI addressed the investigation of at least a dozen hate crimes in Lawrenceville and other communities.
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