Hundreds of patriots gathered at the National Mall on Saturday to “send a message to Congress, the media, and the world that we stand united to defend American culture and values.”
Despite a clear message on the rally’s website stating that it was not a white nationalist or alt-right event, it was branded as such by the media and celebrities such as Alyssa Milano.
They walked 118 miles to DC, now they’re organizing against the biggest alt-right gathering since Charlottesville: https://t.co/oGAwEXF692
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 15, 2017
“The only flag that unifies us all is the American red, white and blue flag. No Confederate flags, Communist flags, or foreign flags allowed. This is not a Democrat or Republican rally. It’s not a left or right rally. We condemn racists of all colors and supremacy of all colors. Our patriots are of all colors and we are uniting under our constitutional rights. We are Americans and our color shouldn’t matter,” the event website clearly reads.
Though the event was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., there were already around 100 people gathered by 10 a.m. Only a small group of left-wing protesters were spotted.
It's early but already a good amount of people gathering at the pro-Trump "rally for free speech" on the national mall pic.twitter.com/GiU4LqImQu
— Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) September 16, 2017
— Jim Hanson (@Uncle_Jimbo) September 16, 2017
Despite being a peaceful event, the organizers had the tires on their car slashed.
Rally organizers, tire slashed, are waiting for a tow truck at Meadow and Hanover. Not speaking to press beyond saying "We were peaceful." pic.twitter.com/UJofkXvF7j
— Ned Oliver (@nedoliver) September 16, 2017
Meanwhile, another rally was also set for Saturday at the National Mall, as “Juggalos” (fans of the band the Insane Clown Posse) gathered to protest their being declared a gang in the FBI’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. There had been reports prior to the events that there would be clashes between the two groups, but on the eve of the rallies they had an evening of unity.
“Despite the mainstream narratives that they would not get along, Trump supporters and Juggalos actually found common cause as groups marginalized and maligned by corporate media and fake news. They’re diverse, peaceful, groups that love their country,” journalist and Trump supporter Jack Posobiec told Big League Politics. “Together, they chanted ‘family, unity, USA!’ Just further proof that Trumpism really is the new counter culture.”
The gathering of the Juggalos was set to begin at 2 p.m.
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