Patrik Hermansson went undercover with far-right wing groups in America and Europe and found a cultural movement that is making its odious ideas more mainstream by the minute.

Patrik Hermansson also attended a violent alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo: AP Photo/Steve Helber)

According to the New York Times:

“Mr. Hermansson, who was sent undercover by the British anti-racist watchdog group Hope Not Hate, spent months insinuating himself into the alt-right, using his Swedish nationality (many neo-Nazis are obsessed with Sweden because of its “Nordic” heritage) as a way in. It wasn’t always easy. “You want to punch them in the face,” he told me of the people he met undercover. “You want to scream and do whatever — leave. But you can’t do any of those things. You have to sit and smile.”

Hermansson’s work brought him in contact with armed Holocaust deniers and White supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Va. Heather Heyer, who was protesting the White supremacists at the Charlottesville rally, was allegedly killed by a neo-Nazi sympathizer.

The far-right is obsessed with making itself mainstream.

More from the Times:

“This goal of mainstreaming is an abiding fixation of the far right, whose members are well aware of the problems their movement has had with attracting young people in recent decades. At one point in Mr. Hermansson’s footage, Colin Robertson, a far-right YouTube personality who goes by the name Millennial Woes, explained to an older extremist the importance of putting forward a friendly, accessible face: “If we don’t appear like angry misfits, then we will end up making friendships with people who don’t agree with us,” he said.”

Read the whole, chilling story here.