Warm greetings from The Three Percenters — Original, Maryland Chapter. We are releasing this statement to increase awareness about our organization.

We are not and will never be involved in any form of armed and/or violent protests. This includes the anticipated protests that are being planned by other groups at state capitals on or around Inauguration Day.

Our group, and specifically the Maryland Chapter, is a peaceful organization of constitution-supporting Patriots. We are not a militia. We are not white supremacists.

Every member of The Three Percenters — Original (TTPO) must abide by the following principles. Any person who cannot accept these principles as a self-imposed discipline are not welcome in our organization, nor should they ever consider themselves a part of TTPO. Our three core principles are:

1. Moral Strength — Knowing what is right and wrong and acting accordingly. Being trustworthy, truthful, and holding high values and principles. Strength to stand up when something is morally wrong.

2. Physical Readiness — Physical readiness is defined as the ability to meet the physical demands of any task to accomplish the objective at hand. There are some TTPO members that have disabilities that prevent them from meeting physical demands and for these there is an exception.

3. No First Use of Force — “Don’t fire unless fired upon.” We are not the aggressor nor antagonist. We are purely defensive and only as a last resort.

Further, any member of our organization who commits acts of violence or intimidation on Inauguration Day — or any other time — will be expelled from TTPO without hesitation. Our by-laws specifically condemn such actions. There is a zero-tolerance policy in this regard.

We believe that the best way to affect change is through peaceful protest and to petition our elected representatives; to use our voices rather than arms to keep this country united, strong and free.

You have likely heard inaccurate media reports that we are white supremacists or a militia. Again, I assure you that neither of those things is true. Because of our size and influence, other non-affiliated groups have tarnished and hijacked our organization’s name.

You will no doubt see altered images of our logo on flags and clothing at the planned protests — we are not affiliated with those groups on any level. There is only one organization named The Three Percenters — Original and that is us. Once again, we condemn any group that looks to affect political change via violence.

We look forward to having an open channel of dialogue with you and setting the record straight. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information, or to discuss the material contained in this release.

May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America.

Jason D. Fornwalt

Public relations officer, Maryland Chapter, The Three Percenters — Original

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