If anyone has more info on Garrett Smith, the guy arrested with explosives near an Oath Keepers’ rally in Florida, pass it along or flag it please.
I’m seeing reports that he had a helmet with an iron front logo on it. On the left, below, is what a typical iron front logo looks like. On the right, below, is the best image the police have made available of his helmet.

I’m not seeing an iron front logo.
Police described it as “colors and symbols and arrows…consistent with what some of the protesters in Oregon wore.” Police didn’t use the phrase “iron front” and they didn’t identify which type of protester from Oregon they were referring to (fascist? Anti-fascist? Other?)
Fox News has already decided the logo on the helmet is an iron front & they’re calling him a “man with antifa gear”. Note that the cops said they couldn’t determine ideology.

If Fox has more evidence, they should publish it. If they don’t, this is dangerous speculation at best.
I should add that this guy has ties to a conservative Christian community and went on a Young Life (Christian) retreat in 2019.

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