Undercover in Patriot Prayer: Insights From a Vancouver Democrat Who's Been Working Against the Far-Right Group from the Inside - 2019-08-26
"I've intentionally avoided grifters like Joey and Haley because they are sharper about interacting with strangers like me," says Ben.
Another person he includes in the "grifter" category: Andy Ngo, a conservative writer who's built a Twitter persona around filming fights between antifa and right-wing extremists (that, and trying to convince people that hate crime allegations raised by LGBTQ+ Portlanders are simply "hoaxes").
Ngo tags along with Patriot Prayer during demonstrations, hoping to catch footage of an altercation. Ben says Ngo doesn't film Patriot Prayer protesters discussing strategies or motives. He only turns his camera on when members of antifa enter the scene.
"There's an understanding," he says, "that Patriot Prayer protects him and he protects them."