“The Three Percenters movement has gained representation in the Wyoming Legislature – at least symbolically. A photograph resurfaced this week of freshman Rep. Marshall Burt, L-Green River, that shows a tattoo on his left forearm – the Roman numeral ‘III’ surrounded by 13 stars, above the year 1776. The symbol is commonly associated with a far-right, anti-government movement and the popularization of militia groups. In a written statement this week, Burt said he is not involved in any militia groups, and got the tattoo because he enjoyed the symbolism of what it stood for. “I got the tattoo because the American Revolution symbolism appealed to me, and to me it represents my solid commitment to the Second and Tenth Amendment,’ Burt wrote. ‘I have never been a member of a militia group, and I think we have much bigger issues to address, like reducing wasteful spending and getting patients and veterans access to treatments, rather than to dwell on something as minor as a tattoo'” WyoFile.com reports.
“The tattoo’s symbol – which closely resembles a Betsy Ross flag – is associated with a loosely organized anti-government movement known as the Three Percenters, which has been growing in influence within American conservative politics. The name comes from the debunked claim that only 3% of colonists fought against the British during the Revolutionary War but ‘achieved liberty for everybody,’ according to a policy brief by the Anti-Defamation League. A number of militia groups and anti-government activists have adopted the symbol.”